You're probably used to answering your doctor's questions — not asking your own. But you have the right to ask questions, too. In fact, you should be able to ask questions about anything you'd like: It's your body.
These questions can help you start conversations about common health problems and concerns. You may want to jot down a list and bring it to your doctor's appointment. You don't have to ask all of the questions — or even any of them — but you can use them as a guide.
Questions for establishing open communication with your doctor:
Questions for an illness or symptom:
Questions for medications:
Questions for tests and treatments:
The more questions you ask, the more you'll discover about your body. And when you know what's going on with your body, you can take better control of your own health — today and in the future.
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: January 2014
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