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Use Self-Education to Partner with Your Doctor

Working as a team can help you and your doctor achieve better results.

Self-education is an important part of managing your chronic illness. You are encouraged to learn all you can about your illness and to take positive steps to treat your condition. But being informed isn’t a substitute for your doctor’s advice. It’s about gaining enough knowledge to work together with your doctor to find the treatments that are best for you. Here are 7 ways to do it.

Give your doctor full details

Your description of symptoms will help your doctor identify problems and solutions. Be prepared to answer questions about when symptoms started, how often they happen, how long they last, how they affect your day, and what makes them worse or better. Your doctor also needs to know about all your medications, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements. Describe how these medications affect you, if they help, and whether you have had drug reactions.

Read the rest of this article at UpWell.

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