If something feels off for you regarding your health, you’re not feeling quite yourself; you deserve to get some answers. How can we do this? Open communication. Tell us how you’re feeling, what symptoms you’re experiencing, so we can help to narrow down our search diagnosically using lab work and assessments. Once we know whats going on, we’re better able to provide treatment.
I like to encourage open communication, when it comes to women’s health. Speaking up about what is going on with our bodies to our healthcare providers is so important, as we want to make sure we’re not missing anything crucial.
No health concern is ever too small. If it is important to you, it’s important for us to address. When it comes to women’s health, low energy, low libido, irregular periods, hot flashes, irritability, anxiety or rage – tend to be common, but don’t need to be.
Where do we go from here?
When you come for an appointment, there are things you can do, to help us get you the best care;
Fill out our intake forms with as much detail you think is important.
Write down all medications you’re taking including brand, dosage and timing. This is for both pharmaceuticals and vitamin/herbal supplements. If you’re on a lot of supplements, bring them in with you to your appointment. We’ll likely be making adjustments to the non-prescription medications, depending on our established health goals.
Track how you’re feeling, or make note of when things are happening, symptom-wise. By this, we mean keeping a detailed diary/recollection for whats happening. For example, if you suffer from migraine headaches, we will be asking more details regarding the specifics. This is particularly helpful for cycle tracking as well as digestion.
If you have blood work available to you, bring that in with you. Although we typically requisition blood work on the first visit, it is useful to see what has been tested. We have the option of sending a release of records form, for us to get a copy as well. This is done in the case of blood work having been recently done within the couple weeks or months – all depending on what was being tested. Please understand that we may want to run more, so we are better able to treat.
Communicate openly and transparently with us. Communication with your healthcare team is important, and we need to be aware of all aspects of your health, particularly pharmacueticals, health conditions and allergies. A collaborative approach to healthcare benefits the patient; with your consent, let your healthcare team be in communication with each other via fax.
Have a women’s health question? I’d love to hear from you.
Dr. Alison Gottschalk, ND