You've just seen your doctor for your Migraines or headaches. Do you want to get the most from that appointment? Of course, you do! We all want to optimize the impact of every appointment on our Migraine and headache management. Here are 10 things to do after that appointment:
1. Make notes about the appointment.
If you took notes during the appointment, be sure they're complete and will make sense later. Review your notes, then store them for future reference.
2. List any questions you didn't ask and questions you thought of after leaving your doctor's office.
Call your doctor's office with your questions. Note the answers and store them with the notes from your appointment.
3. Keep your Migraine information organized.
Whether you want to keep all of your information on your computer or keep written or printed information, keeping it organized will save time and problems. Information to keep:
Lists of questions you've made to ask your doctor, and the answers.
Notes on medications you've tried.
Your Migraine diary.
Any other information you've accumulated.
If you choose to keep the information on your computer, choose a place to save all of your files and name the files so they're easy to identify. If you choose to print out your information or keep hand-written notes, a binder or a small file box can be helpful in keeping them organized so you can easily find what you need.
4. Fill any new prescriptions your doctor gave you and file the patient information sheet from the new prescription(s).
Whether you put the patient information sheets in a folder, a notebook, or someplace else, it's helpful to keep them in alphabetical order so it's quick to find the one you need. We often need this information when we don't feel well, so simple is best.
5. Reorganize your medications.
If there are medications you will no longer be taking, dispose of them safely or put them away somewhere in case you need them again later.
Opioids and other medications that have the potential for abuse or sale on the streets should be locked in a safe place, out of site of anyone who might come into your home.
Because of fluctuations in temperature and humidity, the bathroom and kitchen are not good places to store medications.