5. Your Alcohol Habits
Alcohol might be a social part of your life but you should also share what you have been drinking. According to Dr. Brian Doyle of the UCLA School of Medicine, only one in six patients shared the amount of alcohol they consume during a regular checkup. This also goes for the recreational drugs you experiment with as you’ll see in #4.
4. Your Drug Use
Even if you’ve only tripped on mushrooms or LSD once or happen to be a regular meth user, share this information with your doctor. Because of doctor-patient confidentiality, they will most likely not report you. They are there to help and letting them know of your drug use can severely impact your chances of recovery.
3. Your Smoking Habits
We all know we should report our cigarette usage to our doctor. Some of us feel as if we are admitting wrongdoing to our parents. We know they are going to tell us to quit regardless of how many we smoke. Knowing our legitimate smoking habits can help them pinpoint long-term and immediate life-threatening illnesses.
2. Your Irregular Periods
Women may also find this topic too personal to discuss with a doctor, especially if it is a male doctor who is new to their medical history. Share your irregular periods with your doctor because it can mean the difference between life and death when it comes to pregnancy, menopause, nutrient deficiencies, or stress. Take the small steps to keep your doctor informed with a helpful tip in #1.
1. Keep A Log And Tell Them Everything
It is easy to ignore your body when it seems off, hoping it will correct itself. Be sure to keep a personal log of any irregularities about your body. It may not be an emergency now but it will certainly help your doctor when it comes time for your next appointment.