Maybe you’re one of the kinds of people who looks up your symptoms on internet search engines. Then, you imagine everything you want to tell your doctor.
Have you forgotten how many years doctors study to graduate? You shouldn’t take their profession lightly.
Out of respect, there are certain things you shouldn’t say in front of them. You don’t want to offend these capable people who dedicate themselves to saving lives.
Before going to your doctor, the only thing you should do is make an appointment. Don’t worry about using technical words. Your doctor will understand what you’re saying. Remember that they are also human.
There are some who are worried about the time they waste while going to a doctor’s appointment. There are also others who don’t want to spend money on something that they can diagnose themselves.
Among the things you probably shouldn’t say to your doctor, you can find:
1. “I’m sure that it’s…”
We live in a technological age. This makes research easier for us. When our head hurts, we run to ask doctor Google. With only a click we think we know everything.
When a loved one forces you to go to a specialist is usually when you use this first phrase.
You think that you know everything. Plus, maybe you don’t think that the doctor will help anything. You might decide to close your mind. You might think that an internet search has told you everything.
If this happens, it’s possible that you won’t ever get better.
Doctors have studied a lot to get their title. They’re experienced. If you say that you looked for the symptoms on the internet, they’ll feel that you don’t trust their professionalism.
There are many medical articles written by doctors. However, in-person appointments get better results. Before looking for a medical opinion, many patients have self-diagnosed themselves.
This wouldn’t be a problem if it wasn’t for the fact that these diagnoses are usually wrong. A bloody nose, for instance, doesn’t always mean you have an allergy. You can have several different results.
It’s necessary to go through the protocol. This results in a medical diagnosis.
2. “This is a result of stress”
Medically, they have proven that stress can produce diseases. Cancer and heart problems are an example of this. However, you can’t blame your present symptoms on it.
For instance, a headache isn’t only due to stress. When you feel pain in your forehead, talk to your doctor. This is a sign that something is happening to your health. Your body is sending you a message.
If your problem is stress, your doctor won’t hesitate to suggest the lifestyle changes you should make.
3. “I think this is a waste of time”
It’s normal for people to worry about wasting time when they see their doctor. Waiting patiently is made almost impossible when there’s work to do.
There’s another excuse for not visiting your doctor and wasting your time. Maybe you think that the diagnosis you’ll get is the same thing you think you have.
Among modern professions, being a doctor is the one that requires the most training. They see many patients that only complain to them and don’t listen to their professional advice.
Even so, they look out for your health. They also worry about the people they have in their care. They are more patient than their own patients.
Some people make their diseases worse by not following their doctor’s recommendations.
However, we’ve never heard a doctor say “this was a waste of time.” Instead, they go back to see a patient as if it were the first time.
Don’t think that you’ve wasted time by only going to a consultation. It’s not bad to get it checked out. If you feel that something is wrong, get it looked at.
The cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum, director of women’s heart health at Lenox Hill in New York says the following:
“It’s better to go to the emergency room with a chest pain (or simply a feeling that something’s not right) and leave with medication for heart burn than to stay at home and have a heart attack.”
4. “Are you sure you’re a doctor?”
This phrase is very annoying for any specialist. As we said, doctors are humans. They aren’t robots. They have emotions like everyone else.
You need to be careful of how you express yourself in front of them. Treat them with the same respect that you want for yourself.
Listen attentively to what your doctor says. It could be that by not thinking that they’re a professional, you didn’t listen to everything they said.
If you didn’t understand everything, talk to them in a civilized manner. It’s not necessary to offend them. This is true even if your doctor doesn’t really want to listen to you. If this happens, it’s better to look for another doctor.
Be aware of what you say
You are the master of what you conceal. However, you’re a slave to what you say. Once the words have left your mouth, you can’t control how they affect other people.
A simple phrase like the ones we’ve talked about will even hurt these great professionals. Think about what you’re going to say and keep up a good relationship with your doctor.
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