10 Mistakes People Make at Their Doctor Visits
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Mistake 1: Not Preparing

The average doctor’s appointment lasts about 18 minutes. Preparing ahead of time will help you get the most out of those minutes. Make lists so you have important information readily available. This includes your current medicines, refill requests, over-the-counter products, allergies, and medical problems. You should also note any symptoms you’re experiencing. And make sure the doctor has records from other doctors and any imaging or lab test results.

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