Having a list of questions and your symptoms is helpful, because if you're at all like me there's so much I know I'd forget if it wasn't written down. And make sure your medical records get there in time for your visit.
I do somewhat the same, but we are under a 'managed care' system here. Everybody has a computer, and other than 'third tier' providers, every doctor can get directly to my most current record.
That leaves just prescript
ions. So, I keep my prescript
ions typed up and color-coded doctor to precription, with daily dosage and pill weight. Doctors' names in color, along with phone # to make it easier for one physician to contact another.
I keep this on a card that is about
3"x5" and manage it in WordPerfect. You wouldn't believe the cooperation I get for supplying that silly little card of current prescript
ions. My PM spent half of our last appointment typeing all my meds into the system (15 pills at various times/weights).
I give one of those cards to everyone I meet with. PM, PCP, Pediatrician, you name it. Some say they don't need one, but I lay it on their desk anyway. And from that, every doctor learns my name and prescript
ions much faster.
Once you start it, however, don't think they'll let you stop.