Start with all the easy stuff, such as your birth date, address, your doctor's contact info, your pharmacy, your insurance info, etc. This will be your master form, the one you copy (or store on a computer hard drive, CD, or other storage option) and give out whenever necessary, including when you visit a new medical professional or step foot in a hospital (take at least two copies—give one to the admitting nurse who welcomes you to your bed, or gurney).
Now, under a section titled "Existing Conditions," write down every significant ailment you have right now. This would be the place to list ongoing conditions such as cancer, diabetes, anemia, hypertension, psoriasis, depression, back pain, sleep apnea, and the like. Don't include anything you had years ago but don't have now; that goes in a different place.
Be certain to include anything you're taking medication for, even if the specific symptoms are gone (for example, if you're controlling your high blood pressure with medication, list high blood pressure). Next to each condition, list when you were diagnosed, what medication you're taking for it (if any), what treatments you're undergoing, and any other relevant info.
In the next section, list your PAST significant ailments and conditions, noting when you were diagnosed and what happened. Then list all the details about the medications you're taking (all pills or tablets or anything that you regularly ingest, inject, insert, or otherwise consume regularly, whether it's prescription or over-the-counter drugs, herbal supplements, vitamins, etc).
In addition to having these forms handy when you see your doctor (meaning in your pocket or in the doctor's office file cabinet or computer system), always bring the actual bottles of all those medicinal consumables, too. It's important!
Finally, you'll want to include a complete family health history—a family tree of all relatives (going back to grandparents) that lists their health profiles.
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