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Jot Down Questions Beforehand

Sitting in a doctor's office can be nerve-wracking, making it easy for your mind to go blank. "Prepare questions in writing so you won't forget what you want to say," says Dr. Collins.

Don't Be Shy About Speaking Up

"When something doesn't feel right, it can be hard for patients to speak up because they don't want to contradict their doctors," says Dr. Collins. But you know your body better than anyone else. If you don't understand something, or something just doesn't sound right, ask your doctor point-blank, and be specific. "Maybe you misunderstood, or maybe the doctor misspoke because she was tired," says Dr. Iezzoni. "Doctors are human."

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