Important Facts Your Doctor Needs To Know About You
We all hate going to the doctor I know I do! The whole point of visiting the doctor is to get advice when we’re sick, but it’s not always that simple. We might hide certain conditions and worries based on a range of factors, and that’s never a good thing. We need to be open and honest with our doctors if we ever want them to treat us properly!
There are a bunch of common things that, for whatever reason, we hate to tell our doctors. Whether it’s through reasons such as embarrassment, or simply feeling like it’s not important enough to mention, we need to get around this. If we can pinpoint the most obvious things we’re not telling our doctors, a huge difference could be made in the lives of many.
So, without further ado, here are ten things you don’t tell your doctor, but really should!
- Anything Embarrassing
This is an obvious one, right? If you come across anything embarrassing that requires the doctor’s attention, it’s worrisome. You don’t want them knowing your most feared secrets, but at the same time, they need to know. If it means they have to get up and close with some particularly gross issues, that’s just the way it has to be. Neglecting your health for the benefit of added privacy is foolish, and can cause serious issues. Anyway, whatever it is, they’ve seen it all before…
- Mental Health Concerns
We’re living in a world where mental health is more accepted than ever, and doctors are equipped to deal with it. Still, that doesn’t mean we’re all happy to openly discuss our issues, but we really should! If you think anxiety is gripping hold of you, don’t hesitate to mention it. It might not seem like a big deal to you, but it is a big deal and can be treated if identified. Doctors often have access to information about support groups or counseling methods that can make a huge difference.
- Addiction Problems
When you think of addiction problems, you often think of rehab centers. Is the best idea to go straight to rehab for adderall addiction? Gambling addiction? Alcohol addiction? You can do that if you desire, but don’t forget your doctor is always there to help out, too. If you’re feeling the struggle and haven’t yet found anywhere to turn, the doc is always a good bet. They’ll just be there to talk through your problems and give options as to how to proceed. They can’t magically fix your issues but can help put you on the right path.
- “I’m Worried About This Medication, Because…”
It seems like doctors are always giving out medication for something. If you’re happy going along with their prescribed medication, that’s fine of course. However, some people aren’t so quick to trust their doctors and the power of pills. There are always side-effects you need to be aware of, and you might just avoid taking it as a result. Instead of doing that, talk to your doctor about the medication they’ve prescribed. They’re aware that not everyone likes taking medication, and might be able to offer an alternative.
- The Truth!
We’re always just a little bit fearful, to tell the truth when we visit the doctor. I don’t know why – maybe we worry that they’ll tell us off for living our non-perfect lives! Unfortunately, we all slip into bad habits, and it’s important that doctors know what they are. Failing to understand how we live our daily lives can result in a misdiagnosis with ease. If we’re not willing to disclose how much we smoke, drink or eat junk food, we’re doing more harm than good. The doctor isn’t going to yell at us – they just want the facts!
- “Google Says…”
You might think that talking about Google’s diagnosis skills is a bad idea around the doctor. While accepting Google’s information as fact is a bad idea, bringing it up in conversation isn’t. There’s nothing wrong with mentioning a few things you’ve found online, purely because the doctor can put your worries at ease. Something as small as a headache can be attributed to the worst medical conditions out there – the doctor understands your concerns. Give it a mention in passing, and a reputable doctor won’t treat you like an idiot for having mentioned it.
- Are There Any Alternative Treatments?
This goes back to the point we mentioned earlier about medication. There are lots of different ways you can be treated for conditions, for everything from a migraine to a panic attack. Doctors try and diagnose as best they can and go with a suitable treatment, but you don’t have to accept it! It’s your body and your life at the end of the day, and if you’re not comfortable, it’s your responsibility to speak up. Normally, you’ll find that there is a range of alternative treatments to the one you’ve been prescribed. Don’t suffer in silence!
- Changes In Your Life
Once again, it’s easy to think that minor changes in our life won’t have any effect on the way our bodies work. Think about it. If you’ve recently adopted a new job that is pushing you far harder than ever before, could that be attributed to your stress issues? It’s easy to think that something as inconsequential as a change in job or working hours can cause this, but it can! It’s important that you inform your doctor of all changes in your life, no matter how minor they may be. You’ll often find that doctors will ask this as a routine anyway, such is the importance of the question. Don’t leave anything out!
- Your Diet/Exercise Routine
You don’t need us to tell you that a good diet/exercise routine is important to stay healthy. If you don’t possess that, you’re already offering up plenty of reasons why you might be getting ill. But, if you’re not going to be thorough or honest about these elements of your life, why bother going to the doctor? Offer up any worries you might have about both aspects and don’t worry about what the response will be! Again, your doctor just needs the truth in order to offer up suggestions, so make sure you tell them!
- “I Don’t Feel Comfortable”
There are lots of reasons why you might confess to not being comfortable in a situation. When visiting the doctor, this can relate to an embarrassing situation, for example. You might wish to have someone with you for support, or even a doctor of the opposite gender. Whatever makes you feel comfortable is important, and it’s OK to state that you’re not happy! Doctors are trained not to take such matters personally, and they’ve heard it all before! If you don’t feel comfortable, be sure to speak up in a polite manner, and no grudges will be held.
As you can see, there are many different things we often feel scared to tell our doctors. To us, they’re strangers, and we’re being forced to tell them our most troublesome secrets. It’s only natural to be a little worried, but we need to put our health first above all else.
So, whether it’s addiction, mental health or a physical issue we’re worried about, let’s make sure to always speak up when necessary. By providing the correct information, we can be diagnosed correctly in the first instance. And, if we’re ever feeling hesitant or unhappy, we need to be able to voice this with confidence. The next time you visit your doctor, remember to keep all of this mind!