Do You Know What To Ask Your Doctor?

So, you want to be healthier in 2012 right? You have started eating healthier, exercising regularly, and taking your daily vitamins. You even managed to schedule an appointment with your physician for a check-up, but you have no idea what to expect. It is important to be informed about your health and to have the ability to ask the right questions. We try to help with our short list of some essential questions that you should be asking your medical professionals.

Back Pain: What is causing my back pain?

A sore back can be caused by a variety of things, but it is important not to ignore the possible severity of what is causing this pain. Back pain can be associated with common injury and often arthritis, but in some cases it can be a sign of kidney stones or even prostate cancer. There are specific tests that will screen for these possibilities, so make sure to explore all avenues with your physician.

Did You Study? Time To Pass Your Tests! What tests should I get done yearly?

As we age it becomes increasingly important to make sure our bodies are functioning as they should, and if not it is essential to start treatments early. There are certainly some common tests that both aging men and women should have done with their yearly physicals. These tests include blood count, glucose tests, thyroid tests, and chest X-Rays top the list for our yearly checkup. Men should plan on getting a prostate exam and prostate antigen test every year to screen for prostate cancer. Women should plan to add mammagrams, pelvic exams, and bone mass scans to screen for osteoporosis.

How Is Your Vision?

How effective are you glasses. It is important to get your eyes properly examined by an OPTOMETRIST to evaluate your eyeglass needs. Make sure your doctor checks for proper fit and weight. Uncomfortable eyeglasses can be a fixable issue if one speaks up. Also, check to see if prescription sunglasses are needed as UV rays can be especially damaging to the aging eye.

What comes next? L,M,N,O….PEE!

Urodynamics: The assessment of how the bladder and urethra are performing in their jobs of storing and releasing urine. These types of tests will evaluate how well your bladder and sphincter muscles are working, which can help explain things like frequent urination, sudden-strong urges to urinate, problems urinating, recurrent infections, etc.

This is just a short list to help get you started to keep you as healthy as possible in 2012! Make sure to ask as many questions as you can…your doctors are there to help you!