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6 Questions You're Too Afraid to Ask Your Doctor

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 4, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Although you hopefully like and trust your family doctor, sometimes it can be embarrassing to ask really personal questions. Yet keeping secrets could lead to worse health problems in the end.

It's also important to keep in mind that there's nothing you can say about your body that will shock or embarrass your doctor. Chances are, if something itches, hurts, smells, bleeds or doesn't feel normal, you need a doctor's help to get better. Talking to your doctor can not only get the problem treated but also calm your fears. 

Here are 6 questions you might be too afraid to ask your doctor - and the answers you're seeking.

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Topics: Doctor

What are Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 27, 2015 9:30:00 AM

The next time you call to make an appointment with your primary care physician, you may be asked, “Would you like to see our Nurse Practitioner,” or “Would you like to see our Physician Assistant?”

Before you automatically say that you would rather see your normal physician, learn what Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) do, what the differences are and how they can add to your health care experience.

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Topics: Primary Care, Doctor, Health Care

How to Locate and Select a Family Physician

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 3, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Whether you have just moved to the area, had insurance changes, or you are just ready for a change, finding a family physician is the first step to managing your healthcare. Your primary care doctor is who you will visit for most of your healthcare needs. It's the doctor you will see for minor aches and pains and to get referrals to specialists.

Your relationship with your family physician is a special one. You'll want to pick one that you feel comfortable with, has expertise in the areas that are important to your health needs, and one who is covered by your insurance. 

Here are some tips to locating and selecting a family physician:

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Topics: Wellness, Doctor, Health Care

6 Questions You're Too Afraid to Ask Your Doctor

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 3, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Although you hopefully like and trust your doctor, sometimes it can be embarrassing to ask really personal questions. Yet keeping secrets could lead to worse health problems in the end.

It's also important to keep in mind that there's nothing you can say about your body that will shock or embarrass your doctor. Chances are, if something itches, hurts, smells, bleeds or doesn't feel normal, you need a doctor's help to get better. Talking to your doctor can not only get the problem treated but also calm your fears. 

Here are 6 questions you might be too afraid to ask your doctor - and the answers you're seeking.

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Topics: Doctor

8 Facts About Flu and What To Do If You Get Sick

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 29, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Influenza (the flu) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by influenza viruses.

There are many different influenza viruses that are constantly changing. They cause illness, hospital stays and deaths in the United States each year.

Older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. Each year about 20,000 children younger than 5 years old are hospitalized from flu complications like pneumonia.

Here are some flu basics and steps you can take if you or someone in your family does get sick.

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Topics: Doctor, Flu