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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 21, 2007
  • 11:56 AM

Advice:

Don\'t assume if you have an illness the doctor has told you *all* the symptoms that go with that illness- you need to research it *yourself* because most doctors don\'t tell you this.

Not knowing all symptoms can backfire on you later if it hasn\'t already. Case in point: suppose you had general body aches & a test showed you have lupus. You\'re given pills & sent home. Then you wrongly think *body aches* is the only symptom of lupus. Then later you get more symptoms but you assume the pills for lupus are covered so these *new symptoms* can\'t be lupus (& some doctors make this mistake too). Because of this accidental ignorance you have to put with new symptoms & worrying because you wonder what\'s wrong with your health! Researching lupus solves the problem- you find out these *new symptoms* are part of lupus & you need a higher dose of medication (problem solved). Now armed with this new information you can go to your doctor & *tell them* you need a higher dose of medicine for lupus. Doing this will also take solve the issue if your current doctor *just doesnt know these symptoms go with lupus*- if the Dr. doesn\'t know then they need to be told or go find another doctor!

Being a *good consumer* and an taking an active part in your health-care will go a long way to prevent problems from arising.

Thank you.

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