I thought I would give you an instant replay of a conversation I had with my doctor at my last visit. At this visit, I had some research to share with my doctor. I am curious, do your conversations with your doctor go like this? If not, why not?

Doctor’s Office Dialogue

This is a replay of a conversation I recently had with my doctor at my last visit.

“Good Morning Doc.”

“Good Morning Mark. How are you today?”

“Not bad Doc. Have had some issues on and off but in general okay.”

“That’s good to hear. You told my nurse you want to talk about medications and changing them?”

“That’s right. I have some paperwork here that I’d like you to look at after my research on whether this would be a good change for me. Everything I found seems to fit me.”

“Well let me see and I’ll give you my opinion as always. Rememebr not everything you read about or research about is good for you.”

“I know Doc but this one really seemed to fit the bill. I just don’t know about the interactions with the other drugs? I didn’t see anything but that’s what you’re here for, right?”

“The only thing I see is an issue with your dose of insulin and taking this medication. You may have to lower your insulin intake in the evenings while taking this new med and then see how things work out. Is that something you want to try?”

“I believe so for right now and see what happens. Everything I read seems to show it will help me in the end because I will lower my does of insulin, which would be great. Although I will be adding a pill to the mix but it’s better than more shots.”


That’s a basic rundown of my last visit. The thing is all of my visits are like that. It was hard for me to get my insurance to work with my current primary care physician, but in the end, this Doctor is the best and we are friends. I go to each doctor visit excited to see what she has researched for me and what I have to share. What I have found is because I go there with things I want to do and change, she get’s more involved in my healthcare because she sees me involved. It only makes sense, doesn’t it?

I read, research and decide what I think I want to try and have her play devil’s advocate when I get there. She respects my judgement because she knows I know my body. She knows I am not “out of a book” and things are different for every patient she has.

I am not your average patient as you can see. I go prepared and so should you. You don’t have to do a great deal of research if you’re not up to it, but if you do outside research, communicating with your doctor this way is a great way to improve your Doctor visits.

Do your visits go like this? If not, why not? I would love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter.

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Mark-John Clifford

Owner/Writer at Health in the Laugh Lane
Health activist, speaker, writer, husband and father. Co-Founder of the blog Health in the Laugh Lane, Member Patient Advisory Board at Intake.me.
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