What Not To Do Before A Doctor’s Appointment

We all have preconceived notions about what to do before a doctor’s visit, but what are you not supposed to do? Learn what not to do before you go to visit a doctor.

By URLife Team
01 Jul 2023

When was the last time you visited a doctor to discuss health concerns? Like finding more about the fatigue you are feeling, or for regular diagnostic tests? Meeting your doctor can sometimes be overwhelming or intimidating for several reasons. There's often a long wait time involved before you actually see the doctor.  Once you finally get to see the doctor, there's often a sense of urgency during the consultation. 

Doctors have busy schedules and limited time to spend with each patient. This can create pressure for both you and the doctor to address your concerns quickly and efficiently. This wait time can vary, and sitting in a waiting room can make you feel anxious or uneasy, especially if you're worried about your health or have pressing concerns.


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Moreover, it's possible that you might forget to mention certain symptoms or concerns during the consultation. This can happen due to nervousness, the fast-paced nature of the visit, or simply because you may not have thought of everything beforehand. Forgetting to mention something important can leave you feeling frustrated or anxious afterward, as you may worry about whether your doctor has all the necessary information to make an accurate diagnosis or provide appropriate treatment. When it comes to medication or tests, it's crucial to ask questions and seek clarification. 

The key to having a successful doctor's visit lies in effective communication and preparation.

  • Firstly, clearly express your symptoms, concerns, and any changes in your health. Be specific and provide relevant details to help your doctor better understand your situation. 
  • Don't hesitate to ask questions, seek clarifications, and actively engage in the conversation. 
  • Take time to organise your thoughts, write down any questions or concerns you have, and gather relevant medical records. 
  • Actively participate in the appointment by sharing information about your lifestyle, previous treatments, and medications. 


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If you are starting an appointment with a new doctor, your first meeting is the ideal time to collaborate with your doctor to develop a personalised treatment plan that aligns with your health goals. Whether you're embarking on a new healthcare journey or continuing with a trusted doctor you've seen for years, taking a few proactive steps beforehand can ensure that your appointment is productive, and efficient, and covers all the essential topics you need to discuss.

When preparing for a doctor's appointment, there are a few things you should avoid doing to ensure a smooth and productive visit. By avoiding these common pitfalls, you can enhance the effectiveness of your doctor's appointment and work collaboratively with your healthcare provider to address your health concerns and improve your overall well-being.

Here are some key points on what not to do before a doctor's appointment:

1. Withholding information: It is important not to withhold any information or symptoms from your doctor. Honesty is crucial for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Be open and transparent about your medical history, current medications, and any lifestyle factors that may impact your health.

2. Self diagnosing through the Internet: While it's understandable to research your symptoms or condition, it's best to avoid self-diagnosing based solely on online sources. Excessive internet searches can lead to unnecessary anxiety and misinformation. Trust your doctor's expertise and allow them to provide an accurate diagnosis.

3. Arriving unprepared: Avoid attending your appointment without any prior preparation. Make a list of questions or concerns you want to discuss, gather relevant medical records, and bring any necessary documentation. Being prepared ensures that you make the most of your time with the doctor.

4. Drinking coffee before a blood test: As per a 2022 study by Harvard Health Publishing, many blood tests require fasting, which means refraining from consuming food or beverages (except water) for a specific period of time before the test. Coffee, especially if it contains sugar, cream, or milk, can stimulate the digestive system and potentially affect the accuracy of certain test results, such as glucose and lipid levels.

5. Drinking alcohol before cholesterol test: To obtain the most accurate and reliable results from a cholesterol profile, it is advisable to avoid any substances that can impact triglyceride levels. Triglycerides are one of the four components measured in a cholesterol profile, and their alteration can lead to misleading and unnecessary concerns. Specifically, it is recommended to abstain from consuming alcohol within 24 hours prior to the test. 

6. Chugging water before a urine test: Drinking excessive water can dilute the concentration of substances in the urine, including metabolites and markers being tested. This dilution may lead to false-negative results or lower the detectable levels of certain substances, potentially masking any underlying health conditions or abnormalities.

7. Discontinuing medications without consultation: Never stop or alter your prescribed medications without consulting your doctor first. Abruptly stopping medications can have adverse effects on your health and interfere with the accuracy of your diagnosis. Always follow your doctor's instructions regarding medication management.

8. Rushing through the appointment: Avoid rushing through your appointment or feeling hesitant to ask questions. Take your time to communicate your concerns and understand the information provided by your doctor. Clear communication is crucial for a successful visit, so ensure you have ample time to discuss your health matters.


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