Headaches: 10 Questions To Ask Your Doctor (cont.)
How About Follow-up Care?
Arriving at an accurate diagnosis and optimal treatment often takes time
and may require repeated visits and tests. Be patient and communicate with
your doctor. Here are some suggestions:
- Do not stop taking prescribed medications on your own. If your
prescription runs out, ask your doctor whether you should obtain a refill.
- If the prescribed treatment is not helping you, or is causing side
effects, inform your doctor right away. He/she may have to rethink the
diagnosis and/or change the treatment.
- If the doctor cannot offer you a firm diagnosis or help you with your
symptoms despite repeated visits, it is OK to ask for another opinion. Most
doctors will be glad to help their patients solicit second opinions or
- Always ask your doctor about your test results. Never assume that
everything must be fine if you do not hear from the doctor's office.
- Inform your doctor if you are using alternative medicine or
non-prescription remedies, because some of these remedies may interact with
your prescribed medications.
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- Educate yourself with credible and authoritative medical information.
Increasing your own knowledge about the characteristics of your particular
condition, your medications, and their side effects can benefit you, your
family, and your doctor. Information about your condition may be provided by
your doctor. You can also find valuable information on the Internet. Be
certain to look for credible Web sites.