15 Feb 10 Things Doctors Would Love to Tell You
Most times, doctors seem as laid back people that are mainly calm and collected. What we do not know is that we often get under their skin but they do not tell us. They adhere to a strict code of conduct. As such, they have to be as professional as they can. This article is going to inform you of the list of concerns that your doctor may have but he or she is too polite to tell you. Hopefully, you will learn a thing or two and know the dos and don’ts the next time you have an appointment with your doctor.
At times, one may go to see a doctor without having planned to do so. Such times may be during an emergency or simply at an unexpected time due to an unavoidable circumstance. However, there are times when one is aware that he or she has an appointment with a doctor. It does not matter where you are from, be it work or wherever. It is essential that you observe basic hygiene. The importance of this is that your doctor will give you undivided attention. He or she will not treat you in a hurry so that you may leave in the shortest time possible. Bad odor resulting from poor hygiene is a turn off to everybody.
Do Not Approach your Doctor with Numerous Online Articles
It is quite normal to google some symptoms when you feel under the weather. Google or Wikipedia will always have information. More often than not, you will find that a symptom is linked to a certain illness. Chances are high that a single symptom can be a sign of more than one illness. As such, it is easy to ‘misdiagnose’ yourself off the internet. It is good to speculate. However, doctors do not need to be approached with thousands of website links and online articles trying to justify your suspicion to them. Never contradict your doctor’s advice by consulting the net so as to find a reason for not doing what he or she advised you to do.
Be Specific about your Symptoms
Doctors are not mind readers. You cannot expect a doctor to treat you if you are not sure which part of your body aches. It is only you that knows where the pain is coming from. To save time, you should be able to answer simple questions like when you started experiencing such pain or what makes the pain worse.
You Don’t Always Need a Prescription
Quite a number of people expect that after visiting a doctor, they should be given a prescription. This is not always the case. In some instances, the symptoms may be mild and can clear off within a few days without taking any medicine. At times, natural immunity is enough. All in all, it is important to stick to what the doctor tells you. Do not attempt to purchase over-the-counter drugs without your doctor’s advice. Taking drugs such as antibiotics when you have flu-like symptoms qualifies as drug misuse which is dangerous. Flu is viral and antibiotics do not work for viruses. Also, when a pharmacist tries to sell you drugs without a doctor’s orders, he may possibly be trying to make some money off you even though you do not need such drugs. Avoid such behavior.
State Your Problem Right Away
Some patients tend to beat around the bush when are trying to explain to a doctor about their problem. This may be due to anxiety or they may be embarrassed. Doing so is simply wasting time. It is essential to go straight to the point so that you can get the attention that you deserve. In case you have several problems, make it clear so that your doctor can tell you how he or she prefers to work.
With all due respect, when your doctor tells you that you need to lose weight, do not take it in the wrong way. Being overweight is a serious health issue that poses great risks to your well-being. Being overweight or obese is a precondition of numerous health problems. Such a condition may lead to organ failure, heart diseases, and many more serious diseases. If your doctor tells you that you need to cut some weight, take the right steps and do so as soon as you can if not immediately.
In case you are taking over-the-counter drugs or herbal medicine, disclose this information to your doctor. The same applies if you are using alternative therapy. This is for your own good. Doing so gives doctors a complete picture of the situation hence they know what steps to take next.
Honesty is critical when it comes to dealing with health issues. It is vital that you are 100% honest with your doctor. If you are not taking your medicine as prescribed, be open and disclose this to your doctor. This will enable him or her to make sound decisions concerning and know what ways he or she can apply to remedy the situation.
Appointment Cancellation and Time Management
Do not keep your general practitioner waiting. They loathe it as much as you do. Doing this not only affects them, it also inconveniences other patients. If you know that you are going to be late. Make a call and inform them in advance. The same applies if you know that you are not going to show up. The best thing to do is cancel the appointment and book a different date.
Phone Call Prescriptions and Refills
Do not expect your doctor to renew your prescription over a phone call. Such a habit is totally unaccepted. There is more to physically appearing in your doctor’s office than just getting a prescription. Your doctor needs to observe you and probably run some tests on you so as to know your progress. Never assume that you are feeling better and that you do not need to physically see your doctor. Phone call prescriptions are a big no!
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