It’s very easy to assume that the doctor knows best when it comes to your health but you yourself know your own body. At 28 years old, I’ve had my fair few doctors appointments and most of the time they’ve been bang on the money, but you know yourself better than anyone, and if you don’t feel as though what they’re saying is correct, then maybe it’s time to speak up.
It came up on my Timehop the other day that 2 years ago, I was rushed into hospital with severe abdominal pain, which my GP had told me was a bad bout of IBS. I was certain it wasn’t as I’ve suffered with IBS since I was in high school, but they gave me some medication and sent me on my way. It wasn’t until I got to the hospital that they found I had kidney stones, which was making my whole abdomen spasm, causing the pain.
I’ve found as well that sometimes when I’m in the doctors room, I get a bit flustered and can forget things or symptoms that I’ve been feeling, so they may not get the whole picture from me anyway, and in the 10 minute slot that you have with them, it can be frustrating to feel as though you’re on a time limit.
Before you get to the doctors, it’s wise to have an idea of what you think may be wrong with you by doing a bit of ‘pre-learning’ which will help you to better understand your issues. Websites like WebMD can be great for this, giving you an idea of what your symptoms may mean, while also enabling you to look up what your doctor thinks you have. It’s important to be able to return facts with facts when you’re in a discussion setting.
Along with reading and finding information for yourself, there are plenty of websites which can give you something a little more direct. Trying to argue the differences between varifocal glasses Vs bifocal glasses, for example, will be much easier after you’ve received some advice from people who have tried both. Forums are a great place for this, and social media can also provide you with the answers you’re looking for.
I’ve been to the doctors many times about the causes of issues like migraines which again I’ve suffered from since a young age, and the doctors still can’t put their finger on why I get them. I’ve done food diaries, cut out dairy, reduced my chocolate intake – the lot – and yet, I still get them a few times a year. My GP has given me so many different things to try from daily medication and nasal sprays to the strongest tablets they’re allowed to prescribe and still nothing helps so I have to just listen to my body and take some time out.
Finally, as the last part of this to consider, a lot of people like to take their doctor’s word as gospel, even though this never has to be the case. You will always have the final decision when it comes to your body, and no one can force you to go through a treatment which you don’t want to. Instead, if you’re unhappy with what your doctor is offering, you can always go to another or ring the NHS line for a second opinion.
Hopefully, this post will inspire you to know how your feeling when you go to the doctors. A lot of people find it hard to stick up for themselves in this sort of environment, especially when the professional before them is adamant about something. Of course, though, when it comes to your body, you know how it feels, and no one can tell you otherwise.
How do you feel when you go to the doctors?