Do I Really Need to See a Doctor? When a Visit to Pacific Family Practice Is Necessary
Sometimes it can be difficult to know when a trip to the doctor is needed if you typically take care of yourself with at-home treatment. This judgment call is often compounded by tough work or school schedules that may not allow for a next-day doctor’s appointment, which is why it’s important for patients to determine when a visit to Pacific Family Practice (PFP) is not only necessary, but better for your long-term health.
If you’re wondering if you should make an appointment at PFP, ask yourself the following questions:
Am I experiencing pain or discomfort?
Pain and discomfort are very difficult symptoms to ignore and they can significantly impact a person’s quality of life and their normal routine. Pain and discomfort can be symptoms of a range of medical conditions. The more severe the pain, the more likely that medical intervention is required. You should visit PFP as soon as possible in the event of pain or discomfort. Your provider can advise on whether additional testing is needed and if a chronic or acute condition is present.
Are my symptoms recurring or getting worse?
If your symptoms keep returning or are occurring more frequently, then over-the-counter (OTC) medications or at-home remedies may not be effective. A visit to PFP can help determine if you have correctly self-diagnosed your symptoms and what treatment is needed, including prescription medication(s). OTC medications prove insufficient when patients have the flu or have possibly broken a bone or sprained a muscle.
Do I need to be screened?
Screening by PFP takes the guesswork out of a self-diagnosis. If you are concerned about chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity or heart disease, you should visit your PFP provider in the event that your symptoms change or if you have a reaction to medication. Other examples of important screenings that should not be ignored or put off include STD testing, which is handled with the utmost privacy at PFP.
Fortunately, for patients who have a demanding schedule, Pacific Family Practice offers office hours that accommodate most schedules. We are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and our urgent care clinic is open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday. On Saturdays, we are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.