Smart Questions to Ask at Your Primary Care Visit

Oct 01, 2023

Smart Questions to Ask at Your Primary Care Visit

Are you part of the nearly 40% of Americans who skipped medical care in 2022? If yes, this is your sign to get that health concern checked out before it becomes a bigger issue. Get the most out of your time by asking these smart questions.

Fear. Worry. Medical diagnosis. Nearly 40% of Americans skipped medical care in 2022. But when it comes to health, prevention is better than cure.

This is why undergoing primary care visits with your health provider is the best way to stay on top of your health. No matter your age or health care status, an annual physical is an important part of practicing good ongoing health. The best way to make good use of your time is by coming to your physical ready and prepared with questions.

Copperfield Family Clinic, in Houston, Texas, is here to provide smart questions to ask at your primary care visit.

Are these symptoms normal

Three in 10 Americans have a health concern they have yet to receive care for. Many Americans take the “ignorance is bliss” approach by delaying health care — but this only makes things worse. 

One of the best questions you can ask during your visit is, “Are these signs and symptoms normal?” Now is the time to ask your health care provider about any lump, bump, pain or drastic changes to your weight. 

No matter how big or small, any changes you’ve noticed should be discussed with your doctor. This is your time to focus concerns on you, so make the most out of your visit. If you don’t have any signs or symptoms, take some time to talk to your health provider about what signs and symptoms to look out for so you’re best prepared for the future.

Do I have risk factors for certain health conditions?

Your family history is one of the most important clues for potential health problems like heart disease, cancer, and psychiatric disorders. Not only do family members share genetic characteristics, they also share environments, lifestyles, and habits — all of which are factors for disease.

You can’t change your genes, but you can change unhealthy behaviors like smoking and poor eating habits. Screening tests can help find disease in its earliest, most treatable state, leading to better health for many years to come.

What other health screenings or tests do I need?

Screenings are medical tests doctors use to check for disease and health conditions before any signs or symptoms are present. Depending on your age, your doctor may suggest screenings for high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. 

Doctors consider your age, sex, and health history when deciding what screenings to undergo. If you’re a female, they may suggest:

  • Mammogram 
  • Pap smear
  • Thyroid function testing
  • Osteoporosis screening

Males may undergo:

  • Prostate cancer screening
  • Colorectal cancer screening
  • Male hormone testing

Most medical plans cover 100% of suggested preventative health screenings.

What can I do to improve my health?

Do you want to live the healthiest life you can? Then you should ask Regina Ottan-Obi, FNP, DNP, what you can do to personally improve your health.

Dr. Ottan-Obi is a great person to ask how you can meet your fitness and wellness goals. Regardless of your fitness level or needs, there are five important incorporations needed in every lifestyle:

  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Sleep
  • Mental wellness
  • Social wellness

You need all five of these factors to live a healthy life. However, each five of these can look different for every person. That’s why meeting with Dr. Ottan-Obi is the best way to lay out a health and wellness plan, so you can look and feel your best.

Do I need a follow-up exam sooner than one year?

Seeing Dr. Ottan-Obi or your primary health physician once a year is a good basis for most healthy adults. This is the best way to make sure your care is up-to-date while reducing the risk of disease. Regular health screenings also strengthen the relationship between you and your doctor so they can better understand your unique health needs.

You may need to come in sooner if Dr. Ottan-Obi notices anything that is affecting your general health and chooses to monitor anything concerning. Testing may require an additional follow-up appointment to go over your results so you understand what they mean.

Are you overdue for your annual health exam? Schedule your exam today by calling 281-789-6477 or booking online.