(ABC NEWS) Dr. Richard Besser -- I want to let you in on a little secret. Most of what takes place in the typical annual physical exam is worthless. I mean it. Worthless. That's because too much time is spent examining bodies and not enough time is spent talking.
In reality, very few things will get picked up on a routine physical exam before you have symptoms. If you listen carefully to your body, you'll notice a new ailment much faster than your doctor.
The best use of your time in the doctor's office is sitting across the desk with your clothes on and having a conversation. Get to know each other; build a relationship. Get comfortable so that when something does go wrong with your health, you'll have the trust you need to make smart decisions.
Here are my top five questions to ask your doctor to make the most of your visit.