How to Interact with an Integrative Doctor
Jan 03, 2015 02:15PM
By Sheila Mohammed
Doctors that practice integrative medicine are also versed in traditional Western medicine, and it is important to remember that it is this combination of both that gives great healing results. Most patients hold a deep respect for their doctors, and sometimes it is hard to remember all the questions they want to ask during a visit.
It is a good idea to write down the questions to ask, and then don’t take the chance of being embarrassed with the doctor for shyness or lack of confidence—hand them the list. The doctor is always happy to answer questions. The way they are taught is that when they graduate from medical school, the patients become the teachers. If they do not know the correct answer right away, they will find out or do a further examination. With the Internet, knowledge is at their fingertips at all times.
It is usually helpful to bring any medical records from home, including imaging studies such as X-rays and MRIs. If patients have had any recent blood work or special testing done, they should bring the results to the clinic. The same goes for any procedures, prescription or illegal drugs, herbal medications and vitamin supplements, because these are all part of the puzzle.
Arriving 10 minutes before the appointment allows time to talk with the staff and possibly discover something that is of interest to the doctor. It can also be helpful to bring a family member or a friend to the first visit for emotional support. The friend can take notes during the interview with the doctor to remember what was discussed.
Sheila Mohammed, M.D., Ph.D., is an occupational medicine specialist, toxicologist and is a regenerative medicine specialist. Contact her at 850-736-8401.