How to Advocate for Yourself at the Doctor's
As we know, it can be challenging to advocate for ourselves at the doctor's to get helpful answers and treatments. I want to make a few suggestions in this video of what I've learned over the years can lead to a better treatment outcome and better experience overall.
No need to get out a pen and paper, I'll outline below what I talked about.
Keep bringing up the issue until there is a solution. Being persistent is different than being rude.
Connect to the community
Others going through the same thing may have insights and ideas.
Prepare for the appointment
Write down on a piece of paper that you can share with your doctor lists of medications and questions you have. It can be helpful to bring someone with you to appointments as well.
Figure out their communication style
Some doctors are great on the phone, others communicate well through the patient portal. Some will welcome a list of questions, others will want to lead the appointment with questions.
Make sure you’re seeing the right kind of doctor
In our 2018 Migraine in America survey, 48% were diagnosed by a neurologist. There is more than one type of doctor who can treat migraine, though headache specialists are more, well...specialized. Some primary care doctors can be good resources, too, if they are well-versed in migraine.
Remember: it’s ok to switch doctors
You don’t need to give a reason, and you don’t need to worry about hurt feelings. Don't stick with a doctor if they're not working for you and you have other options.
Have you noticed something that used to trigger your migraine no longer does?