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Your medical team may be the ones to tell you how to manage your medical condition but it’s up to you to get it done. Generally, successful management includes the following:

  1. Understanding your condition, its symptoms and how it might change over time.
  1. Monitoring (and keeping a written record of) your vital signs and symptoms – knowing what ‘normal’ is and knowing what to do if they ever fall outside of a normal range.
  1. Correctly taking your medications including at proper time of day, and following any notes or restrictions (e.g. take with food)
  1. Writing and keeping a full list of medications you take including any supplements, vitamins and over-the-counter drugs and then sharing with your medical team.
  1. Keeping your medical appointments and knowing what to ask when you attend them.

Here are some additional resources that may help with your understanding of this topics:

1. Understanding your Medical Condition
2. Monitoring your vital signs and symptoms 
  • Stanford Health – measuring vital signs, what is considered ‘normal’ and what to do if you are concerned about your readings.
3. Managing and taking your medications
  • WebMD – Tips for organizing your medications.
4. Managing medical appointments 
  • gov – Tips on making medical appointments.
  • WebMD – How to ask for a second opinion.