Why Follow-up Visits with Your Doctor Are So Important

published by Dr. Marcantel on November 3rd, 2019 Print this page No Comments

When your doctor puts you on a treatment protocol, it’s very important to do follow-up visits to let her know how you’re responding. Here’s why:

*Everyone is different. People respond differently to the same protocols and updating your doctor on your symptoms allows him to make necessary changes to insure the best response for you. For example, I’ve had patients who are very sensitive to medications who did not respond well to a common type of progesterone that I prescribed. Simply changing them over to a homeopathic version worked wonders.

*Need to check medication and supplement dosages. Simply making a small change in the dosage can make a big difference. Especially when just starting a medication or supplement, it can sometimes take time to find the dosage that your body likes best.

*Timing of medications can make a difference. For example, I’ve had patients complain of inability to sleep and simply changing the time they are taking their medications or supplements can do the trick.

*Situations change. As you follow a protocol, changes in one area of your health can affect other things, as well. Also, life circumstances such as stress levels, diet changes, changes in medications, etc., can all affect how a protocol is working for you. For example, I’ve had teachers who were doing well on a certain thyroid med dose during the summer, but when school starts and stress levels go up I need to change the dosage.

*As you improve, you may need to take less of the medication. Many medications or supplements are designed to help your body heal itself. For example, as your body’s immune system improves or you begin to make diet or lifestyle changes that support your overall health you may need to wean off of medications or supplements.

The bottom line on this is that your body is intelligent. Pay attention to the signs and symptoms you’re feeling on a daily basis, because your body will scream to be heard. However, unless you let your doctor know what is happening it’s impossible for them to help you by making the adjustments you may need.

Be proactive by requesting labs that may have been helpful in the past for identifying problems and by keeping your doctor informed of your latest signs and symptoms. Be an active participant in your health and wellness plan!

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