Can I bring answers on a paper to help my doctor fill out my ADA disability questions?
Yes, you can.When I go see a doctor, I take several typed listsa) Current conditions ….. list the condition, date of original diagnosis, doctor who I see for itFor me, this includes COPD, Liver Failure, Kidney Disease, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Cataracts, Ulcers, BTK Amputations, CellulitusWhere possible, on a separate “current condition” page - I include a comment of how this affects me in terms of disability levels.b) Surgical History…….list what surgery, when and if possible who was the surgeonThis includes cholecystectomy (gall bladder), Coronary By-Pass, amputations, debridement, chest reconstruction, etc.c) Current Medicaitons…. list the medicine, dosage, frequency, and prescribing doctord) Current Doctors/care-givers…. list all doctors or medical professionals I am currently seeingFor me, this includes my current (or most recent) primary care doctor, current cardiologist, current endocrinologist, current vascular surgeon, current nephrologist, with their addresses and phone number.I keep this “packet” fully updated, so that when I see a new doctor, I can just hand it to them …. and on forms they ask me to fill out, I just write “See Attached List”I give it to them - I keep my own copy at home on my computer. That is theirs, and every doctor’s office that I have been to has appreciated the work involved in maintaining that record.At the bottom of each page, I leave a space marked “Physician’s Signature”With my annual Disability Reviews from my insurance company, many doctors simply attach that either the whole packet, or just the relevant pages, with their signature, to any forms that are to be filled out.I give them this packet to be sure that everything is covered. They are not obligated to use that information, but it helps them to have a complete listing of all the possible issues and situations so they can make a clear determination of what is best. And no one except you can ever really know for sure what all those details are. So, make sure that they have the complete record.You are providing a history / background - NOT telling them what to put on the form, but simply insuring that you have provided all the pertinent information.It is your responsibility to make sure that your medical team has all the information, they won’t have it otherwise. Keep your records up to date, be able to prall the above information quickly, and always be ready to give a copy of that list to any medical provider.