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TIPS on dealing with doctors

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  • Posted By: dudbubbin1
  • February 4, 2007
  • 10:33 PM

there's no real area to put "advice" in, so here it goes:

it's been my exprerience that there are some steps you can take to help prevent medical errors. here they are:

1-if you get diagnosed or treated, ASK them if it'll mess up your sleep (so you'll be prepared for any symptoms that may arise from sleep problems)
2-double check EVERY DOCTOR ALL THE TIME (even if you've never had a problem with them) about all diagnosises & treatments given, including getting 2nd & 3rd medical opinions on serious medical problems, educating YOURSELF fully about ALL SYMPTOMS that go with the illness & treatment.
3-find out how long it takes for the treatment to rid symptoms, & check into ANY & ALL side-effects (even rare ones).

all done now.


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  • A lot of medications cause sleep distubances, so it's likely that the physician will answer "likely" or "yes" to questions regarding loss of sleep. That would cover that question.Patient education is key to receiving the best outcome. Being prepared is important but don't go into the physician's office with your internet diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. Be informed but allow the physcian to treat your problem. Serious conditions that warrant second (even third) opinions should be viewed as such... opionions. Physicians don't always agree, so the patient has to make an informed decision on which physician's advice they use. If the physicians agree... that's even better.The best patient is an informed not confrontational. My experience with being confrontational means the physician shuts down for they feel you aren't going to take their advice, no matter what. Alas, when we're angry we don't listen well.Yes, do ask how long you should expect the treatment to take and be aware of side effects. It might take the physician all day to make one aware of all potential risks to treatment or medications. Use common sense and again educate yourself. If you do have a problem(s) contact the doctor's office quickly, don't wait to see if things will pass. Better safe than sorry.
    SleeplessInTheSouth 7 Replies
    • February 5, 2007
    • 03:48 PM
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  • My biggest advice is to be an informed consumer, and NEVER, EVER,TAKE A MEDICATION WITHOUT FIRST RESEARCHING IT. I mean it. I've seen little kids get seizures from an antibiotic, and no doctor or nurse caught this or found the correlation. I've been horribly sick from past antibiotic use only to find out weeks later it was directly caused by the antibiotic (no one warned me)...countless more examples I have seen of side effects directly related to a drug that doctors don't acknowledge... It is just not common for a doctor to take the time to look up a med. And if you see a few specialists, they are not going to communicate with each other on the meds you are taking - they should, but they just don't take the time. And pharmacists have a small list of so called "red flag" drugs, but not the countless more that are out there. If you are currently taking more than two medications, please visit www.drugs.com and click on the drug interactions checker. Look up the side effects for your medications, even the rare ones. You owe it to yourselves to become educated. It is a billion dollar industry and it is sometimes very deadly. Thanks for letting me say my piece. Sermon is finished:) DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
    • 03:40 AM
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  • I work for a family practice doctor and here is a thought to help you.1) find a doctor you like and feel comfortable with so you will feel free to really discuss your issues with him......then stick with him2) if medicine does not work......let him no, how else would he know if you don't tell him? he would think that it did so its not fair to you or him3) always use the same pharmacist for then in their computer they will know ALL the medicines that you are taking and yes it will pop up an interaction to him if he puts in the new one and will react against another you take.....we get calls all the time about that .....there is not way a doctor can keep up with all that so be fair4) don't just answer "maybe" to a doctor....if you are having a problem TELL him, maybe you go in for a cold, but you have another issue you are worried about also.....TELL him then....don't go home and dwell on it there but get it out when you are in with him...5) confidence and trust is the key here for treating you....when a doctor sees you on a regular basis he gets to know you and can pick up on changes that you have easier then
    agypsygrl 79 Replies
    • February 19, 2007
    • 01:08 PM
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  • I will add this:Make sure that your doctor listens to you and respects you, as a patient. I stayed with the wong doctor for too long. She would often ignore what I thought was important information only later to find out that she would have prescribed the wrong medicine if I hadn't insisted that she take a second look at a certain symptom I was having. Make sure you inform your doctor of any medications or supplements you are taking whether they are prescribed or not.If you have more than one doctor, make sure communication lines are open and communication is frequent and that everyone is informed!If your doctor cannot make time to answer your questions, or tries to rush you in and out as soon as possible, find a new doctor immediately!! We all know doctors are busy, but the best doctors will not mind being behind schedule to ensure their patient's knowledge and comfort.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 28, 2007
    • 07:30 AM
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