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A visit to the doctor should be a stream of communication that travels both ways. The doctor often has a lot of questions but it is also in the patient's interest to be fully informed about their symptoms and diagnosis. Thus, the patient should ask as many questions as is needed to fully understand their condition.
Obviously the first question would probably be: What have I got? After this, you may query the doctor about what caused the condition and whether it can be confirmed. You will also need to know whether further testing is needed. If more tests are needed, you should find out whether any preparation is necessary for the test, what the test entails, how long the results take and what the results will tell you. It is also worth querying the safety and accuracy of the test.
You will obviously also need to find out what course of treatment is recommended and whether there are any precautions you need to take to avoid infecting other people. Before concluding the visit you also need to know whether a follow-up visit is required and, if so, when.
During the session, it is important you stop the doctor at any stage if you are feeling overwhelmed by the information or if the doctor is using too many unfamiliar medical terms. Let him know that he needs to slow down or explain certain terms. Also, be sure to ask where you can get more information on your condition or symptoms if you feel you need to know more. If you are dissatisfied with your doctor's answers or diagnosis, it is within your rights to request a second opinion from another doctor.
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