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Tips for Finding Providers Who Can Help You

Tips for Finding Providers Who Can Help You by Barby Ingle

Finding a highly qualified, competent, and compassionate physician to manage your specific illness or condition takes a lot of hard work and energy, but it is an investment that is well worth the effort. I have met over 90 healthcare providers, including hospital staff, neurologists, cardiologists, psychologists, X-ray technicians, pain management, general practice, orthopedic and the list goes on.¬† It is important to keep in mind that you are not looking for just any general physician but rather a physician who has expertise in the treatment and management of your specific illness or condition. Find out if the doctor knows about CHRONIC PAIN in-depth. Sometimes a pain doctor will know more about arthritis then neuropathy pain because of the types of classes taken in medical school and previous patients. …

 

What things can you do to ensure better healthcare?

I often reflect back on my experiences over the past 11 + years and know that I want my future healthcare to be better than my past. I have been putting a lot of thought into what I could of done better or things I wish I knew then that I know now… Here are my top 5 tips for others trying to navigate the minefield of the health system. First, communication with my health team. Now I have a great health team but it wasn’t always that way. Find out from your provider what they would like you to do if you have an emergency. My provider has asked me to call him and let him know I am on my way to the hospital and has even suggested specific hospitals so that if I am admitted he has …

 

What to ask my provider or pharmacist about the medication I take?

Once a provider gives you a medication as them some questions… and then ask those same questions to your pharmacist. Really get to know the medication that you will be taking and why. It can save your life!

What should you ask?

  1. Why are you prescribing this medication for me?
  2. How often should I take it?
  3. Do I eat prior to taking it, or should I wait on food for a particular amount of time after I take it?
  4. How do I take it? Is is oral, swallow whole, chew-able, drops under my tongue, or inhaled, etc…?
  5. What are the possible side effects and what do I do if I experience any of them?
  6. What should I do if I miss a dose?
  7. What should I do if I feel I need to take a dose early, is that ok?
 
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