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5 Tools to Communicate Effectively with Your Doctor

Posted on: February 15th, 2015 by LAMedicalBlogger
Having good communication with your doctor is a critical step to a speedy recovery.

Having good communication with your doctor is a critical step to a speedy recovery.

Does it sometimes seem like you and your doctor speak different languages? The common person does not understand most medical terminology and this can cause miscommunication between doctor and patient. Time spent with your doctor is often limited, so you don’t want to waste the opportunity. In order to communicate effectively with your doctor, LA Medical recommends that you try a couple of these tactics.

Write Down Your Questions – Come prepared with questions and jot down the answers while you are with your doctor. This way, you won’t forget what questions you have nor will you forget the details of the answer.

Ask for Explanation – If you don’t understand or are surprised by something your doctor tells you, ask for clarification. It is better to ask while you are at the appointment than wonder about it later.

Be Honest – Although some symptoms and reasons for visiting may be uncomfortable to talk about, it is important that you tell the truth. Even if your concern is small, tell your doctor about it. Early detection is always best.

Bring a List of Medications – Having a complete list of medications, supplements and vitamins helps your doctor make the right decisions regarding treatment. Even if the supplements you take are natural, they can still affect the development of other medications.

Bring a Loved One – You may not always catch everything your doctor says. Ask someone to come to the appointment with you to act as another set of ears and help you comprehend everything. This can be especially useful if there is a new diagnosis or treatment involved.

You and your doctor should be acting as a team working towards the same goal so good communication is vitally important. Be sure that you are honest with your doctor about medications, pain and medical history. This will help them give you the excellent treatment you deserve. LA Medical wants to be involved with your treatment process. We provide a variety of home medical equipment, home health aids and supplies. Contact us today!

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Treatment

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

 

We have important information for all women to pay attention to.

We have important information for all women to pay attention to.

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to draw attention to the symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options of ovarian cancer. Opposite of prostate cancer, ovarian cancer is only present in women. It begins in the ovaries, which produce eggs, estrogen and progesterone. They are located in the pelvis and are vital organs for reproduction. Ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it has spread to other organs and becomes more difficult to treat. LA Medical believes it is important for every woman to be educated of ovarian cancer how it can be prevented or controlled.

Symptoms: There are few warning signs of ovarian cancer in the early stages. It often goes undetected until it spreads and becomes more severe. If you sense any of these or other abnormal symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor.

  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • Change in bowel movements or constipation
  • Pelvis pain
  • Weight loss
  • Frequent urinating

Risk Factors: Being aware of risk factors can allow women to take extra precaution as needed.  When they are educated of how their family history and lifestyle choices affect their health, they can make appropriate adjustments.

  • Family history of breast or ovarian cancer can heighten the risks
  • Most common in women age 50 and 60
  • The use of estrogen replacement therapy
  • Never being pregnant
  • Fertility treatment
  • Smoking, and more

Treatment Options:  Depending on how far the cancer has spread often determines which treatment option is best.

  • Surgical removal of ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the uterus, and nearby lymph nodes and abdominal tissue where the cancer may spread, is usually necessary unless the cancer is detected very early on.
  • Chemotherapy is typically performed after surgery to kill of any more cancer cells.

Whether ovarian cancer runs in your family or not, LA Medical believes it is valuable to be aware of signs and symptoms to detect it as early as possible. We hope you avoid risk factors that are in your control and be knowledgeable about your family history. Contact LA Medical for safety and health supplies today!

Caring for a Child with Special Needs- Part 2

Posted on: April 17th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

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Caring for a Child with Special Needs- Part 2

LA Medical is sharing a few of the best tips and suggestions we have heard from wonderful parents of special needs children who we talk to every day.

Remember that a diagnosis is important, but will never tell the whole story of your child.  A diagnosis is the first step to getting the proper care and discovering what to expect, but that will never tell the story of your child. Just like height, skin color or eye color, a diagnosis is just one part of who they are.

Take notes. You may be at a conference or watching TV when someone shares a wonderful piece of advice. Write it down and look it up later. You’re note file will probably be pretty big in the years to come.

Accept that other people may not know how they should act around you or your child and they will take their cues from you. The more comfortable you are, the more comfortable they will be. Don’t be offended if they ask a question that may seem odd or insensitive; they probably just don’t know the answer or what to ask in this situation.

Having said that, don’t let people use outdated, offensive or stereotypic phrases or words in discussing your child. If they use one of these terms, simply say firmly but politely that you find that word or phrase offensive and offer a better one. Changing many years of culture and habits takes time.

Daycares and other businesses are only required to make “reasonable accommodations” and affordable changes to their staffing and environments. Use the ADA as a tool to educate, not a club to threaten. It may take some extra time and experts to help find the right care and the right people to care for your child.

Let LA Medical be a resource for you when you are looking for wheelchairs, ramps and other home medical equipment that you or a loved one will need.

What’s Better for You? A Doctor or Specialist?

Posted on: August 8th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger
Try to find a doctor or specialist who specializes in working with people your age. They will be more familiar with your symptoms and health related issues.

Try to find a doctor or specialist who specializes in working with people your age. They will be more familiar with your symptoms and health related issues.

Anyone can go to the doctor to get a general idea of what’s wrong with them and what they need to do in the future to prevent symptoms from coming back. If you or your doctor feel that there is something else affecting your health, you may want to see a specialist.  LA Medical Retail wants you to understand the differences between a doctor or specialist and which one is better for different situations.

Most family doctors cover the basic sicknesses, infections, and treatment plans. Your doctor may refer you to someone in his professional medical network of doctors and specialists.  It’s not your doctor’s fault if he or she can’t give more insight or prescribe a treatment for you.  Family doctors refer you to specialists for a reason. A specialist studies and researches a specific health issue and continues to treat it over time. Most insurance companies require a referral from your doctor to see a specialist to cover your treatment.

The overall visit with the specialist may be short because the specialist already has your information from your family doctor.  After the specialist meets with you, he may determine if you need further testing to pinpoint what is wrong and to prescribe the right medicine and treatment plan.

Make sure to ask questions!  You have a great relationship with your doctor and if you have to keep going back to see a specialist, form a relationship with them as well.  Don’t be scared to address questions or concerns. Your concerns may help with your diagnosis and treatment. Only you know how you feel. See if your specialist can provide written materials for you to read in your free time to better understand your diagnosis.

When you are done meeting with the specialist, make sure he shares your information with your regular doctor.  When you go for your next check up, your doctor will be aware of what to look for and understand what the specialist is talking about.

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