I am not a doctor, and I don’t play one on the internet. Please consult someone who spent years in medical school before making changes to your healthcare.
If you are looking for information about diseases, illnesses, treatments, etc. it is a GREAT idea to only listen to trustworthy sources. (There are a lot of people out there just waiting to give you bad advice or take your money for products that do not work, or may even be harmful to your health.)
I’ve listed some sources I trust here, and I’d love it if you’d share yours with me so I can post them too. (I do not receive any compensation for anything on this page. It is strictly informational.)
DO YOU HAVE ANY GREAT RESOURCES FOR ANSWERS TO HEALTH QUESTIONS? Please put them in the comments below!
National Institutes of Health is the federal website for all things medical. Clear, concise information. You can find information about almost anything here.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. This site is a little easier to navigate and presents things in a way that is easy to understand.
I am currently looking for a good nationwide durable medical goods company to share, here’s a great place in the Nashville area which has been great for our family.
A Step Ahead provides braces and prosthetics for both adults and children. They are both knowledgeable and nice….a great combo!
LET’S TALKT ABOUT LOOKING FOR A NEW HEALTHCARE PROVIDER. As you probably know, finding a new provider isn’t always easy. There are so many things to consider! It’s nice being able to look up doctors online and find information about all of them, but don’t just go by online reviews. CLICK HERE for a great article from Scripps about some questions to ask your next potential healthcare provider.
I personally recommend calling the office before you go and talking to people. When you call can you talk to a person, or is it all handled through pushing buttons? (When I need help, I like talking to humans.) Are the people you talk to nice? For some things, or some people, that doesn’t matter but it’s important to me. Do they understand your condition? This might sound silly, but it’s best not to make assumptions here. Especially if you have something that is uncommon, you might need to talk to a few people to find one who “gets” your situation.
Healthcare professionals see more patients daily than most people realize. You need to be proactive in your healthcare, especially if you have a rare disease or one that is not well understood. Ask questions, do your research, and follow through.
HERE ARE SOME THINGS TO DO TO MAKE YOUR OFFICE VISIT MORE SUCCESSFUL:
- Be kind and courteous
- Have your questions for them written down before your appointment so you remember everything when you’re in the office and write down the answers.
- Enlist the help of someone who can take you to and from your appointments and help you ask questions and write down answers if any of those things are difficult for you.
- Do your part by following directions and taking care of yourself. You and your healthcare provider are a team. And a winning team is worth working for!