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How To Maximize Limited Time With Your Doctor

Do What You Are Comfortable With To Make Yourself An Individual To The Doctor

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To help foster the feeling of a partnership , it is helpful if your doctor thinks of you as an individual. The more the doctor knows about your life, the more he or she can consider whether there are non-medical factors affecting your health condition.

One way to make yourself an individual is to talk briefly about non-medical parts of your life  - such as the financial stress you feel, or the stress you may be under at work. Ideally this would occur while you're telling your doctor about what's happening in your life so you don't take more time than the doctor has. It may be helpful to rehearse how to say what you want before your appointment with the doctor.

Also let the doctor know how your illness affects your work. Ask that the impact be noted in your medical record in case you decide to file for disability.

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