A general practitioner, as the name itself suggests, is the doctor you usually visit first. It is extremely important to visit him or her on time. By doing that, you can easily avoid bigger health issues. We are going to discuss the main reasons to visit the doctor and situations, when it is just necessarily.
What can general practitioners do?
General practitioners can do a lot. Basically, they treat patients from their birth till their death. You can go and check your:
- Mental health. If you feel depressed or just have some doubts about your mental stability, you can tell about it to your doctor.
- Physical health. Pain, discomfort, uneasiness, dizziness and all other physical symptoms is your GP’s field of work.
It is very important to know that a doctor can give you advise and help on many issues. For example, you should visit your general practitioner if you are planning to have a child, want to get vaccinated, need some kind of medicine. Besides, you must visit a GP if you want an appointment with any other health specialist – for example, an allergy or stomatology specialist.
When it is essential to visit your GP?
You should check your health status at least once a year. Usually every year a blood, urinary test is needed to be done. Besides, your blood pressure, heart rate should be measured. Also, there are some urgent situations, when you should go to your GP as soon as you can. It is essential to visit a doctor if you feel any kind of pain, discomfort, if your weight is growing or you are losing it very fast. It is the best to go to the doctor every time you feel worried about your health.
It is easier for a general practitioner to help if he or she has enough information. To achieve that, you can keep some kind of health diary. It is beneficial to know, for example:
- when the discomfort, other problem started,
- what kind of pain do you feel, where exactly,
- if it is spreading somewhere or getting stronger.
It is also important to remember which medication you took and for how long, where there any similar symptoms in your family. That way your doctor can diagnose your problems faster and easier. Specificity, patience and good will are the main virtues that should be visible in both, the patient and the general practitioner.