How to Have Great Doctor Visits (Tips from the Pros)

w-robin-mead.jpgTips from super smart readers on how to have great doctor visits to help create accurate records for their disability cases.

If you are applying for disability… Or if you are already on disability…

Read on. These folks say it better than I ever could.

🌷 When I am choosing a doctor, I always tell them I am on disability and ask if they will assist with my reviews if needed. Some doctors tell me right away that they will never do disability paperwork for anyone. Some doctors have an office policy about paperwork. That is not the right doctor for me. – RL

🌷 Tell your doctor about all your symptoms and how much they limit you. Try to talk with her about this while she is writing in your records. If you tell her while she is examining you or while she is standing at the sink, she may not remember everything you say.  – BC

🌷 I made a special appointment with each of my doctors to fill out disability paperwork. I just knew they weren’t going to fill out the forms if I didn’t sit there with them. Plus, I wanted to be there to answer any questions they might have. If I wasn’t there, they would have had to guess, and they might guess wrong.  – Violet

🌷 When I go to the doctor, the first thing I say is an update on my condition. It makes me feel better that what is written in my records is accurate. It usually sounds something like this: “I still have debilitating fatigue and weakness and joint and muscle pain. I have difficulty walking, sitting or standing for extended times. When my symptoms are bad, I need a caregiver to assist me with eating, bathing and dressing.”  – JL

🌷 I discovered that most of my doctors were documenting my symptoms wrong (For example, I would report joint pain, and they would write nerve pain or muscle cramping).

So I decided to type up a health summary with relevant info from my medical history, plus new issues and symptoms since last visit. Then I also write and print a second page with a list of the things I need from the appointment (lab tests, med refills, paperwork to complete, urgent issues, etc).

Presenting my doctors with a copy of my symptoms that is typed and in my own words has helped to get info documented more accurately in my file. I always leave it with them, in hopes they either scan it to my file or refer to it when they make their notes about what symptoms I was experiencing. – Ann Eide

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