Usually when you see your ENT Doctor (Ear Nose and Throat Doctor) it’s for treatment for a medical problem. It can be overwhelming and stressful when you are worried. So in order to get the most from your visit with your ENT Doctor you should prepare in advance.
Before Your ENT Appointment
Your ENT Doctor spent years being ready for your appointment. You on the other hand should take some time to be prepared as well. That way you can get the most of your visit.
Write it down
Write down all the questions you have for your ENT Doctor. Write down your symptoms. Include information about when you first noticed your symptoms, how long they lasted and if the symptoms are constant or recurring. This helps you to be prepared to answer questions from the ENT. It’s better to wait a moment for you to look at your notes than to get an inaccurate answer.
Make your medication list including supplements
This is important information. By making your list ahead of time without pressure you won’t leave anything out. Include:
- Prescribed medications
- Over the counter meds
- Herbal supplements
The day of your ENT Appointment
Bring a friend
If you are nervous about the appointment, have a friend or family member go with you. Hey can help keep you company in the waiting room and with your approval they can stay during the examination. They can also take notes from the doctor and help you to get your questions answered. Sometimes it’s beneficial to have an extra set of ears to help you remember everything that was said.
Arrive early on the day of your visit. You will need to fill out all the medical forms and insurance forms.
Bring a Distraction
When you bring something to help you pass the time while you are waiting to see the ENT, you will feel less stress and anxiety.
When you see your ENT Doctor
Take your list of questions and your list of medications. If you don’t understand something your ENT Specialist says, make sure to ask them to explain. If it would be easier, ask them for a visual picture or diagram. They probably have one on hand.
To help you remember the important factors, repeat them back to the ENT. This will help you remember any information.
Before you Leave
Don’t leave until all your questions have been answered. If you are supposed to perform care procedures at home, ask if they have a printed sheet with instructions.
Make sure you have any prescriptions necessary and that you have the dosage requirements. Ask about any side effects.
If the Ent doctor says you need a return visit, make the appointment before you leave.
Make sure to be prepared for your ENT visit so you can make the most out of your time spent with your ENT doctor.
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