Open communication with your primary care physician is a key factor in getting the type of health care that is best for your needs. In the past, patients were more likely to follow doctors’ orders with no questions asked, but today a good doctor-patient relationship is a partnership. You and your doctor work together to handle your medical needs and help keep you healthy.
Prepare for your appointment
“Before you go to the doctor — whether it’s your first visit or one of many — create a list of questions and health concerns you want to discuss,” says Yana Finkelshteyn, M.D., board-certified family medicine physician with Methodist Family Medicine Group. “Have information ready about all medications you take, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and other supplements.”
If you have new or unusual symptoms, be sure to note any details, including:
* What they are and what they feel like; * How long you’ve had them and if they’ve improved or gotten worse; * If anything triggers the symptoms and what relieves the symptoms; * If any lifestyle changes occurred when the symptoms began.
“The more specific you can be, the more you can help your primary care physician make a diagnosis,” Dr. Finkelshteyn adds.
Being honest with your doctor will help you get the best treatment. “Don’t stretch the truth when discussing exercise, eating habits, smoking history, alcohol intake and other care you receive,” says Lisa Holloway, D.O., board-certified family medicine physician with Methodist Family Medicine Group. “It’s important to mention sensitive subjects such as emotional problems, incontinence, eating disorders or sexual problems. Even if it’s difficult or embarrassing, it’s worth mentioning.”
Bring a notebook and pen with you to write down any treatment recommendations or directions provided by your doctor, and make sure you fully understand them before you leave the office.
Treating family needs
The physicians at the Methodist Family Medicine Group offer these services:
• Complete physicals including urinalysis and blood testing for screening diabetes, cholesterol, kidney and liver function
• Diagnosis and treatment of medical problems
• Management of acute and chronic illnesses
• Sick patient visits
• Sexually transmitted disease screening and treatment
• Well-women exams including PAP tests
• Referrals for mammograms and bone density testing
• Hormone therapy and menopausal treatment
• Full infant care including immunizations
• Developmental, hearing and vision screenings
• School, sport and camp physicals
• Adolescent medicine
• Prostate cancer screening (PSA)
• Testicular cancer screening
• Erectile dysfunction
Same day appointments
Most of the physicians in the Methodist Family Medicine Group offer same-day appointments. To schedule an appointment, call 281-275-0800 or email FamilyMedicine@tmhs.org. For more information, visit MethodistFMG.com.
Methodist Family Medicine Group — located on the Methodist Sugar Land Campus — now offers Saturday clinic hours for sick patients. The clinic is open from 9 to 11 a.m. every Saturday. Call 281-275-0800 to schedule an appointment. Drop-ins are also welcome; however, patients needing non-illness-related services, such as physicals or preventive services, are requested to make a weekday appointment.