You Have Fibro, Now What? Why You Need a Medical Notebook

I received  a lot of positive feedback from an article I wrote title You Think You have Fibromyalgia, What Should You Do? Readers also asked questions all pointing to one clear question: Now that I have fibromyalgia, what should I do? I am going to answer that  question in a ten part series calledYou Have Fibro, Now What?  This part of the series is about why you need a medical notebook.

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When I first read Tanya’s post title Pretty Handmade Medical Notebook I was intrigued by the medical notebook part. What is it? What do you do with it? Tanya is a fellow chronic illness blogger at My Fruitful Home, so I could possibly benefit from it.

A medical notebook is a way to track any questions, concerns, or issues you want to address with your physician.

Many times these questions and concerns arise when you are not in the doctor’s office. And if you’re like me, the questions/concerns fly right out of your head and are forgotten long before your appointment. A medical notebook helps you remember what it is that you wanted to discuss with your physician.

Tanya has a great DIY medical notebook, but I’m not so crafty. I bought a three pack of small composition books like the one below. It’s small enough to fit in my purse, so I don’t forget to take it with me to my appointments.

Keeping it in my purse also helps me remember where it is. (read: I have a tendency to lose items. Often.) Having it in my purse also allows me to write down those questions/concerns that I have when I’m not at home. 

There’s no way I can remember all the questions and topics I want to discuss with my physician. I’m constantly reading articles about fibromyalgia, labs, vitamins, etc, so there’s at least one question that comes up while I’m reading. Immediately writing it down in my medical notebook prevents me from forgetting it. Sometimes I write a blurb about why I have that particular question/concern.

I’ve had a medical notebook for several months now and I’ve been so thankful for it more than once. Thank you, Tanya!

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Do you keep a medical notebook? What does your look like?

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6 thoughts on “You Have Fibro, Now What? Why You Need a Medical Notebook

    • August 20, 2015 at 11:09 am
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      You're welcome :) Reply
  • August 20, 2015 at 1:57 pm
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    Looking forward to this series! I'll share the link to my readers as well. A medical notebook is one of the most valuable tools we can use. I can rely on my brain with all the fibro fog but a paper brain always come through for me! ;) Reply
    • August 21, 2015 at 8:49 am
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      It is a valuable tool for those of us that have a hard time remembering (thanks fibro fog). Thank you for sharing! Reply
  • August 21, 2015 at 9:03 am
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    This is so useful, thanks Brandi! I've been using my computer's calendar to write notes under each appointments, and then print out that particular appointment. Reply
    • August 21, 2015 at 7:22 pm
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      That's a good idea, too! Reply

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