Elizabeth was diagnosed with Lyme disease. She was treated early but many symptoms persisted two years later. She continued to have significant leg pain and tire easily.
In searching for the cause of her leg pain, she started going to many specialists. No one was able to explain the pain or offer her a cure. She was seeing so many doctors it was getting hard to keep track of what each said.
A friend decided to go with her to the next few appointments. Before each visit, Elizabeth and her friend discussed the questions to ask the doctor and wrote them down. The friend kept track of the questions during the appointment and made sure each was answered.
They found that when Elizabeth had someone with her, the doctor took more time to answer her questions. By having another person present to help guide the discussion, the doctor and Elizabeth were better able to focus on her concerns and develop a more effective plan of care.