It is obvious that most of the information accumulated by your doctor comes from you. Therefore you are best qualified to keep your own organized records in a notebook, a file or on your computer. These records should include any allergies, sensitivities, unusual bleeding or discharges, pain or other symptoms experienced by you and any unusual events in your life such as trauma (physical and emotional), falls and injuries.
The next step is to look at all your prescriptions and to record all the details listed on the label, including dates, dosages, contra-indications and other recommendations. Next record all medical treatments, hospital stays, procedures, surgeries, dental treatments and doctor visits and the reason for these in details.
When blood tests or any other testing is required a copy of the results should be obtained by you and a proper explanation by your doctor should be given. It is often beneficial to review these tests results and to compare them to earlier test results. By comparing them to normal ranges and values, you may have the opportunity to make lifestyle changes or add supplements before the issues become serious and must be treated with prescription drugs or surgery.
Keeping these records for you and your family does not eliminate any visits to your doctor but is very helpful in providing all relevant details when needed.