If something’s been bothering you for a while, keep track of the details. “If you are having migraines, it would be useful to know when they are occurring, how frequently, and what the possible triggers are,” says Dr. Heller. This shouldn't be news -- you've heard these kinds of questions at the doctor before, so they're no cause for a blank stare.
Letting shyness get the better of you
Doctors touch you in strange places and ask you invasive questions. The instinct is to hold back -- everyone does this, even YOU -- but really, you shouldn’t.
If you're stressed out about asking a sensitive question, resolve to do it as soon as you see the doctor. “Patients will wait until the last minute of an office visit to bring up something they find awkward,” Dr. Heller observes. “Do not do this. Trust me, whatever you have is probably much more common than you think.” Everyone has a gross body. Get over yourself.