Your doctor or MS nurse should be your first port of call if you have any questions or concerns relating to your medication. They are there to support you and to help you make the most of your treatment.
A good doctor-patient relationship is the foundation of good health care. Research shows that patients who take an active role in their healthcare and work with their doctor not only feel more satisfied with the care they receive, but also have fewer concerns over their condition and a greater sense of control over their treatment.
If you have a good relationship with your doctor, you are more likely to trust them. This means you’ll be more honest and open about how you are feeling, and have the confidence to ask the questions you really want to ask.
You will also be more relaxed, which means you will be less anxious and in a better frame of mind to take in new information and to understand what it all means.
“There are a few things you can do to establish a good doctor-patient relationship, and to help your doctor help you,” says Health Psychology Specialist Clare Moloney.
“Having the confidence to ask questions or to ask for information to be repeated can sometimes be difficult, but it’s important to remember that your doctor and MS nurse are on your side,” says Clare.
“Your doctor and MS nurse want what’s best for you and your health, so if you have any queries or questions, they won’t mind if you speak up,” she says. “Try some relaxation exercises ahead of your appointment, so your mind is clear, or take a friend along for moral support.
“Remember, too, that when it comes to discussing topics you may find uncomfortable, like contraception and sex, doctors and nurses have heard it all before.”
If you’re having trouble finding the confidence to talk to your doctor or MS nurse, these tips may help: