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#1 janey

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 03:37 AM

6 Secrets of Getting Better Doctor Care.

To be a smart patient, you can't be passive; you need to be a first-rate Sherlock Holmes. Like Holmes, smart patients ask intelligent questions and have the instincts (and guts) to politely challenge things they don't understand. Roizen and Mehmet, MDs. Reader’s Digest (Shine) 05/12/10. (Also see: Patient/Physician Relationship)

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 04:15 PM

Hmmm............ I read that in (of course a doctor's office while waiting perched on the exam table.)
What I really want is someone to tell me how to get the doctor to answer a question, even if it's that he doesn't know.
My blood pressure is a bit high for several days in a row, then will be low for several days, then back etc.
The doctor had read it when it was low for once and said that, if it keeps that way, he will stop the medication I take for it. I mentioned how it goes up and down regularly. So he askes me how often I read my blood pressure. I say every morning. He says that I do it too often- I should only do it a couple of times a week.

OOOOkay............... :)
Hey- heard the one about doctor and the sidetracked patient?

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Posted 10 June 2010 - 03:28 AM

That is interesting. My hubby has high blood pressure and he was told to read it daily at the same time every day. Of course he doesn't do that. In fact, I can't remember the last time he read it. Suggestion - doctors love data. Put your reading into a spreadsheet and make a line graph. I did that with my doctor on another issue and he LOVED it! He now uses my updated graphs to get the continued approval with the insurance company for one of my treatments.

On a side - I think there are some doctors / people, that just don't listen no matter what. In such cases, maybe it's time to get a new doctor.
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