There are certain important things that you need to tell your doctor, so that he/she can diagnose you properly. Don’t keep some secrets to yourself, and don’t think that your doctor may look down upon you or judge you. Remember doctors are to treat your diseases, not to pass judgements.
Here is a list of things you should always tell your doctor:
1. If you are seeing another doctor
Do not think that you will offend your doctor by telling him/her that you are seeking second opinion from a specialist. It is completely normal that you visit multiple doctors to get a better understanding of your ailment. Your doctor may not be able to diagnose you properly, if you hide that you are seeing another doctor.
Two or more doctors treating the same patient can prescribe some medications that may interact with each other and harm the patient. So try to be on the safer side by letting your doctor know that you are seeing some other doctor and take the list of medicines you are using.
2. If you smoke or drink heavily
If your doctor asks you whether you smoke or drink, don’t lie. And if you are not asked, tell it yourself. Your doctor may be able to guide you better on the possible risks associated with smoking and drinking, and the possible drug interactions.
3. Where you have traveled
If you are suffering from a flu that you caught after your trip to China or Thailand, tell your doctor about it. Your doctor will be able to give a better treatment and if you hide, you may end up harming yourself and others by spreading the infection.
4. If any of your close family members has been diagnosed with a serious disease
Your family history is very important for the doctor. Keep your doctor informed about all the ailments that your family suffered in the past and keep him updated on any new health problems. Many diseases are hereditary in the family and keeping a track of all this information will help your doctor take informed decisions on time.
5. If you are not taking the medications you are supposed to take
Many patients do not strictly follow the doctor’s advice and skip many medications that they think may not be necessary. This is a very dangerous thing especially if you suffer from ailments like hypertension and diabetes.
Tell your doctor why you are not taking those medicines. In some cases, patients cannot afford the costly medications prescribed by their doctor and feel too embarassed to tell their doctor about it. Discuss your problem with your doctor, maybe he can change those medications or prescribe a less-pricier substitute.
6. If you are taking any over-the-counter pills or supplements
Many people hesitate to tell their doctor about the non-prescription drugs they are using. Such over-the-counter pills and supplements can have dangerous interactions with prescription medications. Even mild herbal supplements can be dangerous. Tell your doctor about all the supplements you are taking.
7. If you are depressed or under stress
Depression and stress may be the main cause of fatigue, insomnia and irritability. Tell your doctor about your problem and he may be able to help you out with some anti depressants or talk therapy.
8. If you notice any side effects because of the medications
If you see any side effects as a result of taking the prescribed medications, call your doctor immediately and talk to him/her about it. He/she may advise you to stop the medications and prescribe something milder for you.
9. If you suffered from any ailments or allergies in the past
Tell your doctor about all your serious illnesses in the past. He may be able to plan out the best possible course of action. Also inform him if you are allergic to any kind of food or medication. He will be able to prescribe suitable drugs for you, depending on your condition.
10. If you are afraid of anything
If diagnosed with a serious disease, people are often afraid of taking any possible action – like undergoing some kind of surgery or corrective operation. But some situations may be serious and a surgery may be the best possible solution to your problem. Tell your doctor about your fears and doubts. He may be able to explain you the benefits of undergoing the treatment and assure you of safety.