Monday, June 24, 2013

How to Have Good Conversations About Treatment Decisions: MHAM Blog Challenge #24


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The prompt for day #24 of the Migraine & Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is: Risky Business: Each time you try a new treatment you take a risk. How do you initiate a discussion with your doctor so you can make an educated decision about trying it as a team?

I have found that this aspect of being a professional or empowered patient is one that takes a lot of experience and confidence to get good at. 

These are the tips I've gleaned from my years living with Chronic Migraine (and other assorted chronic illnesses).

1. Do my own research.  
  • If I'm coming in to an appointment with an idea or to discuss an idea that's already been suggested, I always come having done my research first. 
  • Rely only on trusted sources that provide attribution for the information they share. Make sure the attributed sources aren't just other sites providing information with no sources cited.

2. Ask for time to make a decision. NEVER feel pressured to decide whether a treatment is right for you on the spot.

3. Discuss the idea with my other health care providers. This is especially important if, like me, you live with other chronic illnesses that can complicate the treatment of your Migraine Disease.

4. Listen to my instincts. If I don't feel right about trying something, I don't try it. If a health care provider tries to bully or shame me into trying something I don't feel comfortable trying, I don't continue seeing that care provider.

5. Make sure my questions are answered before we make a final decision.

6. Follow up with questions I hadn't previously thought of. Even if we've already started trying a treatment.



Learn more about the MHAM Blog Challenge and 
other MHAM events by visiting:

2013 Migraine & Headache Awareness Month Information Page 

June, Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders. The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is issued by FightingHeadacheDisorders.com.
 

Content by Diana E. Lee



DISCLAIMER: Nothing on this site constitutes medical or legal advice. I am a patient who is engaged and educated and enjoys sharing my experiences and news about migraines, pain and depression. Please consult your own health care providers for advice on your unique situation.