Maybe you are one of the people who look up your symptoms on the internet. Then imagine everything you want to tell your doctor.
Have you forgotten how many years doctors study to graduate? You should not take their profession lightly.
Out of respect, there are certain things you should not say in front of them. You do not want to offend these talented people who are dedicated to saving lives.
Before going to your doctor, all you have to do is make an appointment. Do not worry about using technical words. Your doctor will understand what you are saying. Remember that they are also human.
There are some who are worried about the time they are wasting while going to a doctor. There are also others who do not want to spend money on something they can diagnose themselves.
Among the things you probably should not say to your doctor, you may find:
1. Do not tell your doctor: “I’m sure it is…”
We live in a technological age. This makes research easier for us. When our head hurts, we run to ask “Doctor” Google. With just one click, we think we know everything. And with one click, we may end up believing we have cancer.
When a loved one forces you to go to a specialist, it is usually when you use this first sentence.
You think you know everything. And maybe you think the doctor will not help anything. You can decide to close yourself. You might think that an internet search has told you everything.
If this happens, you may never get better.
The doctors have studied a lot to get their title. They are experienced. If you say that you are looking for the symptoms on the internet, they will feel that you do not trust their professionalism.
There are many medical articles written by doctors. However, personal agreements get better results. Before looking for a medical opinion, many patients have self-diagnosed themselves.
This would not be a problem if it were not for the fact that these diagnoses are usually incorrect. A bloody nose, for example, does not always mean that you are allergic. There can be several different reasons for this.
It is necessary to go through the protocol. This results in a medical diagnosis.
2. “This is a result of stress”
Medically, it has been proven that stress can produce diseases. Cancer and heart problems are an example of this. However, you can not blame your current symptoms for it.
For example, headaches are not just due to stress. When you have pain in the forehead, talk to your doctor. This is a sign that something is happening to your health. Your body sends you a message.
If your problem is stress, your doctor will not hesitate to suggest the lifestyle changes you should make.
3. “I think this is a waste of time”
It is normal for people to worry about wasting time going to their doctor. Having to wait patiently is almost impossible when there is work to be done.
There is another excuse for not visiting your doctor and wasting your time. Maybe you think that the diagnosis you get is the same thing you think you have.
Among modern professions, being a doctor is what requires the most training. They see many patients who only complain about them and do not listen to their professional advice.
Still, they look after your health. They are also concerned about the people they care about. They are more patient than their own patients.
Some people make their illnesses worse by not following the doctors’ recommendations.
However, we have never heard a doctor say that “this was a waste of time”. Instead, they return to see a patient as if for the first time.
Do not think that you have wasted time just by going to a consultation. It’s not bad to have it checked. If you feel something is wrong, get your doctor to take a look at it.
Cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum, head of women’s heart health at Lenox Hill in New York, says the following:
“It is better to go to the emergency room with chest pain (or just a feeling that something is not right) and go home with heartburn medicine than to be at home and have a heart attack.”
4. “Are you sure you are a doctor?”
This expression is very annoying to any specialist. As we said, doctors are human beings. They are not robots. They have feelings like everyone else.
You need to be careful about how you express yourself in front of them. Treat them with the same respect that you yourself want to get.
Listen carefully to what your doctor says. It may be that by not believing that they are professionals, you will not listen to what they say.
If you did not understand everything, talk to them in a civilized way. It is not necessary to offend them. This is true even if your doctor does not really want to listen to you. If this happens, it is better to look for another doctor.
Pay attention to what you say
You are master of what you hide. However, you are a slave to what you say. Once the words have left your mouth, you can not control how they affect other people.
A simple sentence like the ones we have talked about will even hurt these great professionals. Think about what you are going to say and continue to have a good relationship with your doctor.
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