Doctor's Gospel or Your Research ?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-02-25 11:12:03 -0600
Started 2010-02-24 20:32:19 -0600

When you are examined by your doctor, given an evaluation and possibly any type of medication, what do you do ?

Do you just accept the diagnosis and \ or the medication with no questions asked ?

Or do you ask questions throughout the examination, go home and do your research into the findings and medication prescribed based on your medical condition ?

After all, think about it, it is your life !

Warrior or Worrisome, which are you ?

14 replies

kdroberts 2010-02-25 10:38:41 -0600 Report

My doctor ultimately works for me so he has to justify treatment options so I understand and agree with them. If he wants to prescribe something my first question is why? Then I'll ask about studies to back up the info and then I'll ask a personal opinion. If he doesn't convince me I'll decline. Luckily we mostly see eye to eye and most of what he recommends I'm prepared for and agree with.

MAYS 2010-02-25 11:12:03 -0600 Report

A very true statement, your doctor works for you, and should work with you.
It may not always be a harmonious relationship, but it should at least be an honest one on both ends.
You do also do your own research, don't you ?
" Mays "

rankearl 2010-02-25 09:56:51 -0600 Report

hi all because my dr visits are few and far between i make a list of questions and research soultions on my own before i go that way i know what my options are hugs julie

Deborah L
Deborah L 2010-02-25 08:47:37 -0600 Report

Even if I have a doctor I trust, I have no way of knowing if they are prescribing something because drug companies have "sold" them on it. Alot of doctors have gotten lazy about continued education and depend on manufacturer's reps for information. I've even had a doctor who didn't want to know or put in my record a list of other medications I was on. Ta ta bye bye.

I rely on my own research and discussions with my pharmacist. Then I can go back to my doctor and have an informed conversation. I take the printout my pharmacist gives me and copies of online research if needed. I can request certain medications based on what I've learned.

I tell the doctor, "they are not side effects, they are right here in MY body, not beside me."

MAYS 2010-02-25 09:18:23 -0600 Report

This discussion was started with you in mind (and many others), in todays age and times with unlimited resources of information at our disposal, there is no reason not to do research on any subject especially one that concerns one's health and well being.
I admire how you look, investigate the waters, reinvestigate and cross reference information BEFORE you even think about leaping right in.

An excellent procedural role model for others to imitate !
" Mays "

veggie1962 2010-02-25 08:21:08 -0600 Report

Questions and research all the way! I'm very particular about what I put into my body and want to make sure it's something I really need. I'm also very sensitive to meds and am prone to side effects.

MAYS 2010-02-25 08:27:06 -0600 Report

A practice worth following !
Many more individuals should be more thoughtful to themselves, take good care of your body, and it will take good care of you !
" Mays "

Zimoss 2010-02-25 01:02:14 -0600 Report

Question everything… doctors are NOT perfect and they make mistakes too. I feel it never hurts to have a second opinion or to do some independent research on your own.

Zimoss 2010-02-25 01:03:00 -0600 Report

also have started to use WebMD as a reliable source of info…and I have told my doc and he approves of the proactive approach.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2010-02-24 20:40:38 -0600 Report

Any time I get new medication I go to
the Igiard web site and chec it out to make sure it's for the diagnosis I was
given. They also have link where you can check your syntoms and see if they agree with your Dr's diagnois's.

MAYS 2010-02-24 21:26:23 -0600 Report

A very intelligent move on your behalf, don't stop doing so, it brings you peace of mind as well as safety.
" Mays "

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