Before starting with the treatment of GERD. Your Ayurvedic doctor must be aware of the following important questions related to your medical condition and medical history. If you have any medical problems and complicated medical history, it is important to ask your primary physician to write a synopsis of your history for the gastroenterologist. Don’t expect the gastroenterologist to read through several thick medical records and X-rays; there just isn’t enough determination if he needs anything else, based on a physical examination and any tests that he may order.
If you bring X-rays with you when you go to your gastroenterologists, be sure that you bring along the reports that the radiologist wrote on the analysis of the X-rays.
It is also prudent to bring all your medications with you, at least on the first visit, rather than bringing in a written list. This will reduce the chance for error and help your doctor considerably. He can spend more time dealing with your problem if he does not have to figure out your medication list.
As you can see, one very important key to an on-target diagnosis is the information that you hold. Don’t worry, no one expects you to diagnose yourself. You are not a doctor. But what you can do is provide information to the doctor that will help lead him to the diagnosis and then treatment of your problem. How do you know what the doctor needs to know? As a rule, he will ask you a question to elicit the information needed. You should also volunteer information that might be useful and that, for some reason, the doctor may not ask about.
For example, it is important to tell the doctor if you routinely use herbal medications, even though they are considered natural and you don’t need a prescription for them. Some herbal concoctions can be very distressing to the stomach and esophagus, and some patients, in their attempts to gain relief, only make their medical problems worse. It is also true that many people don’t volunteer such information as, for example, regular use of allopathic medicine. As even one baby Aspirin a day is important for the doctor to know about.
Information an Ayurvedic doctor needs: –
Here are some pieces of the puzzle that can help your Ayurvedic Doctor: –
- Medications you take, both prescribed and over-the-counter.
- Herbal remedies or vitamins you take.
- Sports you play regularly.
- Sexual habits (Yes, this can matter).
- Exercises routines you regularly do.
- Other illnesses (For example, AIDS patients may have an infection in the esophagus. That alone can cause esophageal pain and painful swallowing).
- Time of the day you eat different meals.
- Bedtime habits and type of bed.
- Any illicit drugs.
- Alcohol consumption.
- Smoking habits, if any.
- Any major stressors in your life.
- Any special diet or unusual eating habits (vegetarian diets, periodic fasting, or other examples)
Questions to ask with your Ayurvedic doctor: –
Along with this, there are certain questions that you could ask your Ayurvedic doctor. He or she would much prefer being asked questions during your visit rather than later on through an intermediary such as a nurse or secretary. Questions routed that way can often get garbled. It is a good idea to jot down four or five main questions and bring them with you. This is very important! Also, keep in mind (and write down) what you feel is the most important goal of your visit and what you expect from this encounter with the Ayurvedic doctor.
One warning is in order, however. Do realize that it can be irritating when, within a minute or so of explaining why you came to see the irritating when, within a minute or so of explaining why you came to see the doctor, a patient starts asking questions about the problem. The doctor needs to evaluate a patient first before he can answer such questions.
Give the doctor a chance to ask questions, make an assessment of your problem, and formulate a plan before you ask your questions. You may find that in describing what he thinks you need, he has already answered your questions.
When your doctor answers your questions, listen very carefully and note his answers.
What kind of questions should you ask? The following are only a sample of questions that you could consider. Tailor them and add to or delete them as you wish:
- Should I change my diet in any way?
- Should I change my sleep habits or sleep position?
- Does the medication you are prescribing for me (if any is prescribed) interact at all with medicines I’m already taking, such as ( )
- Will you need to order further tests? If so, what tests are needed and what are the benefits, possible complications, and choices?
- About how many visits do you think it will take before you know what’s wrong with me?
- Do you need any information from my other doctors?