Scheduling the first appointment and the first visit to a homeopathic doctor may sometimes make the patient anxious. This anxiety is due to partial ignorance about what the patient might experience in the clinic and also to the belief that the homeopathic session is close to the visit to a psychologist. A little preparation will help you feel more comfortable and safe that you will not miss out on any important item from your medical history.
1. Collect all your medical examinations results (hematological, hormonal, immunological, imaging, etc). It is particularly important to provide the homeopathic physician with the fullest possible record of the medical history of the patient. This should include examinations related to the patient's illness and general examinations that may not be related to it.
2. Record the course of the disease and your personal recollections. In the case of chronic diseases, it is of particular importance that the patient presents the sequence with which the events of the disease appeared. Before the first visit to the doctor, the patient may recall and write down the sequence of these events. Note the symptoms with which the disease/diseases have been or are still manifesting to date. This way you make sure not to miss an important point from your personal recollections and also the doctor will be able to form a clearer picture of the possible causes of the disease as well as of its prognosis.
3. If you are under treatment, create a list of the medicines (classic or homeopathic) you are taking and their dosage.
4. Remember if you have a known allergy to a certain medicine or if a medicine has caused side effects to you in the past.
5. Make a picture of your family history. We are very interested in the medical history of the closer family (mother, father, children, brother, sister, grandparents) and especially the chronic diseases that were shown by its members. In case a disease has repeatedly occurred in the wider family (uncles, aunts, cousins) it should also be noted.
6. Think about how you would describe your personality and keep a few notes. Encouragement of the homeopathic doctor to the patient to describe his own character is often difficult, making him/her feel awkward. Oftentimes, the patient is surprised and unable to give a self-description. In order to eliminate this additional anxiety, think for a few minutes and briefly record the main and more intense elements of your personality. It's not necessary to get into details. It is the homeopathic practitioner's job to further explore the data presented to them and to use what they need. Too often, the detailed exposition of character details does not offer anything in the patient’s history and makes it difficult to get it right. However, it is of vital importance that you are as honest as possible. Most of the time, patients feel a reasonable shyness when it comes to referring to aspects of their personality or their relationships. However, it is necessary to remember that the doctor is there to help them and not to burden them with any criticism. Hiding a very important element is likely to impede effective prescribing. Very often, it is particularly helpful for the patient to ask their relatives and friends about how they would describe him/her.
7. Gather your questions. It is natural for new patients to feel insecure about a new homeopathic treatment. There is a lot of information circulating on this issue on the internet. Part of this information is incorrect or incomplete. Write down your questions and address them directly to your homeopathic physician no matter how insignificant they might seem.
If you feel anxious before your first visit, remember that the doctor is here to help you and make your life easier.