About a week ago, I got an email reminding me that I'm due for my yearly physical. At first, I felt an enormous sense of dread. After all, who enjoys booking medical appointments and spending an hour (or more) in a doctor's office? But the more I thought about it, the more I began to think of a few nagging questions that I actually would like to ask my doctor. If you're ever at a loss for what to say during your next checkup, rest assured, there are a few key questions to ask your doctor during your yearly physical, and I'm breaking them all down right here, right now.
When it comes to your annual physical, it can look different from someone else's depending on your age and your individual health history, but according to the hospital network Piedmont Healthcare, it's a chance for you to have one-on-one time with your doctor to talk about any issues you're dealing with, as well as check for anything that might become a problem in the future. Your appointment could include a pelvic exam, STI tests, a clinical breast exam, as well as general health checks, such as a blood pressure test.
If you have a particularly sensitive question, it can sometimes be hard to bring it up, especially if you aren't very familiar with the doctor you're seeing. Try setting aside some time before your appointment to brainstorm any health issues you've noticed, and consider writing them down so that you don't forget once the doctor is in the room. "What I have seen work really well is that patients will write down all their issues or symptoms that they are having and will give me the list or give the list to my medical assistant to give to me," Dr. Amanda Khosravi, a Hoag Medical Group physician in Orange County, tells Elite Daily. "I will be the one to start the conversation and ask questions regarding the issues, which oftentimes makes it easier for the patient to open up and discuss their concerns."
Another great way to help your doctor evaluate your health is to bring any medications, supplements, or vitamins that you take to the appointment, suggests Lisa Doggett, MD, MPH, FAAFP, a board-certified family physician in Austin, Texas. Not only will this help you both keep track of what you're taking on a regular basis, but it can also be a good reminder to reevaluate whether you should switch things up.