The feeling of powerlessness is one of the worst that comes to dealing with a medical condition, and the last thing you want is to feel intimated when you visit the doctor. If you feel like there’s a power struggle between you and the doctor, there are various ways to ease the anxiety.
Donald Sonn is a medical professional with years of experience and knows that the relationship between patients and doctors can get uncomfortable in some situations. A doctor who projects arrogance can make life difficult, for example. A medical professional who gets defensive or puts up resistance to reasonable questions can also be a sign of trouble.
When you feel like you aren’t being given a chance to express your side of the situation during a visit, you can feel drained. However, you can always re-engage the doctor and ask them, “Can I finish what I was saying?”
If you need moral support to speak up, consider taking a close family member, friend or neighbor along with you to the next appointment.
On some occasions, sitting in the waiting room can rob you of some power.
Of course, there are situations where other patients might not to see the doctor before you or take longer than what is expected, but you can also exercise some level of control. When you get into the waiting room, ask if the doctor is punctual. If you learn they’re running late, you can choose to wait or reschedule the meeting.
Donald Sonn is an experienced urologist and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.