When you go to the doctor, you expect to be cured. Well, guess what? Doctors expect some very important things from you that may make or break their diagnosis. What you may not tell them could even cost you your life.
When we walk into the doctor's office, we have certain expectations. We want to feel better. If we don't have answers for the doctor, however, the doctor can't make us better.
"He always seems to be stuffy, drippy and sneezy," says Rachel Meier, who is the mother of 2 year-old Caden.
"On his charts, you didn't list any medications," says Doctor Thom Rosenberg.
Rosenberg says, without help from the patient, he can't give the proper diagnosis. There are three main things he expects. First, know your health history.
"Why are you here? What's the problem? How long have you had the problem?" he asks. "Then we'll go from there."
Number two... Know what medications you are taking and which ones worked in the past or didn't work.
"Many medications react with each other," he explains.
Don't forget any over-the-counter drugs and even illegal drugs or herbs. If a doctor doesn't know, he can't help you.
Finally, doctor's expect compliance.
"I expect you to come back," Rosenberg says. "I expect you to take your medications."
In turn, Rosenberg says, with the right information, he can make the correct diagnosis 90% of the time.
But what do patients expect from the doctor?
"I expect them to listen to my concerns and address those concerns and take them seriously," says Meier.
You should also expect to be seen in a timely manner, get test results within 48 hours, and your doctor should explain medicines and their side effects in terms you can understand.
Doctors say the best patient brings all their medications with them, hospital records and any X-rays. That way, everything is on the table so the doctor can help you get better.