I totally understand your dillema.
YES! Make sure to type your questions on the computer or a typewriter and bring TWO copies. One for you and one for the doc. Each visit should start with you handing the doctor your list which will include:
current meds w/dosage
current med allergies
current symptoms - ALL of them
most important issue to address today
It looks like a lot - but once you do the first one, you can just keep it updated. These doctors can read down thru a list like this very quickly. Remember it is a list - not a multi paragraph document. He can stop at any item and get additional information.
My doctors love this and they use it to update their files (saves them time writing everything down). My rheumy actually makes his notes on his copy of my info sheet and them makes it part of the file.
I have had one doctor who doesn't like "the list" and I am looking to replace him, as he is offended if HE isn't the one that detects new issues, he has disorganized files, he doesn't remember my issues and several other bad habits.
Don't be timid with this doctor . . . that makes them worse. If you have a husband, sister, mother who is very poised and knows your situation, it sometimes helps to bring them with you for support. And by all means take the earlier appointment with more time. Get all your stuff ready the day before and set yourself up so you can get up early enough before the appointment to get oriented. The extra time with the doc will be well worth it and if that's how he keeps his calendar than follow his plan.
You'll see a link at the end of my signature titled "Lupus Resources". If you click on it, you'll find a topic with lots of helpful posts, including suggestions for new members and near the bottom, an outline for the info sheet to take with you to the doctor.
Let us know how your next appointment goes.
OH . . . and welcome to the forum sis!!
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