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Preparing for Your First Primary Care Physician Visit

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Are you planning to visit a primary care physician (PCP) in the Denton, TX, area for the first time? If so, you may be wondering what to expect. Here’s what you need to know.

Be Prepared to Discuss Your Medical History

If you’re going to a PCP for the first time, it may take a while to compile complete records of your medical history. Help your doctor get a better idea of what’s going on with you health-wise by providing a general overview of your medical history. Be prepared to discuss:

  • Current medications
  • Any recent procedures
  • Chronic conditions or underlying health issues
  • Recent aches, pains, disruptive symptoms, or concerns
  • Lifestyle concerns (e.g., eating and exercise habits, sleeping patterns, etc.)

Write Down Questions You May Want to Ask

Whether it’s diet and exercise advice or concerns about side effects from medications, it’s not unusual to have questions you’ll want to ask a primary care physician. Make sure you don’t forget anything that’s important to you by writing down any questions you may have in order of importance. Even if you don’t have specific questions in mind, bring something to take notes with so you don’t forget anything important that might be discussed.

Bring Insurance Information

Lastly, don’t forget to bring your current insurance information. It can be helpful to call ahead of time to make sure your health insurance is accepted. You may also need a valid state ID or driver’s license. Visiting a general care doctor on a regular basis increases the odds of detecting conditions or health problems early enough to minimize the risk of serious issues. There’s also evidence suggesting patients with a good primary care physician (PCP) relationship are less likely to require emergency room care. If you’re ready to schedule a visit to a PCP in Denton, contact us today at the Connections Wellness Group.