Do you always believe what the doctor tells you?

Philippines
October 3, 2008 1:50am CST
Just wondering. Early last year, my co-trainer had really bad migraine and would sometimes throw up from the pain she felt. There were times when she would be very dizzy and would be out of work for days. When she went to her doctor, she prescribed several things and jotted it down as migraine or some other form of sickness. Then it got really bad. I remember telling my friend to go to another doctor and to get a second opinion because it's not normal to have that kind of pain. Well, she went to her doctor and checked first. Doc said everything was normal and gave her some pills to take. The next time that she went to have a check up, this time with another doctor (who's a really good specialist.) They found out that she had a brain tumor and it had to be taken out. The doctor explained that the reason why she was vomiting and was dizzy a lot of times was because the lump was pressing on the nerves. To make the long story short, she was operated on and it was successful. Now, my friend does not suffer from the pain from before. My question now is, if you feel that something is wrong with you, do you believe what the doctor says right away? Or do you ask questions to make sure that what you're feeling is really the sickness in question? Anyone with similar doctor-said-it-wrong stories?
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• United States
3 Oct 08
If my instinct tells me that the doctor is wrong, i'll go get another opinion. This past June, I was extremely sick with food poisoning. Well, I went to the doctor in hopes of him telling me what I can do to help the stomach cramps. He takes 2 tests.... ONLY 2! And then tells me that I have a UTI (urinary tract infection.) My thought was "Umm... no I don't. The last time I had a UTI, I didn't have any of these symptoms. I've had mild food poisoning before and it's the same symptoms." So, he prescribes me some antibiotics and whatever else. So, instead of getting those prescriptions filled, I ended up going to see another doctor for a different opinion. He flat out tells me that I do, in fact, have food poisoning. After we discuss what I can and can't have, what not to do and what I can do, he prescribed me some stomach pain medication. A few weeks later, I feel fine. So, I strongly urge that if you ever get that gut instinct that the doctor is wrong, go get another opinion!
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• India
3 Oct 08
We have to rely on doctors. But at the same time, we must be practical too. Doctors are also human being like me and prone to error. So it is always advisable to get a 2nd or 3rd opinion rather than blindly rely on one.
@kaguvkov (1041)
• Philippines
3 Oct 08
It's true. Doctors are also humans and also subject or prone to commit mistakes. that is why you don't make or invest your full trust to our doctors!
• India
4 Oct 08
No, I follow doctor 's opinion 80 % . I prefer my family doctor that because I have faith & trust on him.
• Philippines
4 Oct 08
I believe in doctors but they says that doctor just give prescription. But if they will advice you for a prescription it means there is something wrong with you that needs to take care of. I trust doctors because they had studied for this and to be able to save my life in advance just in case so i believe in their advice.
• Dominican Republic
4 Oct 08
Well, my dad and my mom are actually doctors, so I better do!! Of course that if I feel they're wrong, its best to get another oppinion and not staying with crossed arms waiting for something in the "I knew it" style... Thank God I havent been in such situation, cause after all, I should know some things, right? Happy MyLottinG and have a nice day, or night! Xp
@pinks17 (2192)
• Philippines
4 Oct 08
That's a scary story.Now I am beginning to be scared bec. I have migraines attack from many times a month.I am actually planning to have a scan or whatever just to check what's wrong or if it's just hormonal imbalance bec. I am already 34 years old.lol.
@phoenix25 (1543)
• United States
4 Oct 08
Sometimes, I believe what doctors say. Sometimes, I don't. It depends on the problem I'm having and what the doctor's response is. If he just "hmmm, okay" and gives me some pills, then I might be a little wary. I am a firm believe that pills are not always the answer. They often treat symptoms rather than an underlying problem. I've also had doctors be wrong about something, but I've figured it out on my own. Luckily, I am big into doing my own research and am pretty good at discerning whether a source is bogus or academically sound. For example, when I was younger me and my sister got what our doctor called a "christmas tree" rash. I couldn't tell you the scientific name. It's a skin rash that doesn't seem to have any reason for starting and it's not contagious. It's identifiable because it forms in a christmas tree shape on your back. He told us there was no cure and to just get lots of sun. It didn't go away. Lucky for me, a little while after that my dentist put me on a certain antibiotic for a tooth infection and it also made the rash go away. I thought about telling the doctor what I took and that it made the rash go away, but then I figured that he either already knew or wouldn't believe me. Another time, I had shingles, which is rare for a 23-year-old to get. It's an adult version of the chicken pox virus (which lies dormant in your spine after you've developed an immunity to it and if it resurfaces you get shingles) where bumps form along the nerve endings on any particular body part, usually along the lower back radiating outward from the spine. It's very painful because the sores show up along the nerve endings. My doctor prescribed Valtrex, which is a medication commonly used to treat genital herpes. It works to treat shingles because shingles is a strain of herpes, specifically called herpes zoster. Anyway, I took that but there were some terrible side effects and it came back. I didn't want to have those side effects again so I did some research and found that L-lysine, an amino acid, also can be used to treat shingles...and it's very cheap and you can buy it in any vitamin aisle at a grocery store or supermarket. It worked great with little side effects. I wouldn't have known about this if I hadn't have researched it myself. I always like to be informed about my body and health. It can never hurt to be over-informed about what's going on with your health and body. It also never hurts to get a second opinion if you feel like something is really wrong.
• United States
4 Oct 08
I don't have my own "doctor said it wrong" story, probably because I never go to doctors, but I'm a health care worker, and I hear plenty of stories of people getting wrong diagnoses and being prescribed all sorts of medicine they don't really need. I don't trust doctors at all. Not any more. There may be a few who truly care, but they are pretty much being buried by all the beaucracy and red tape and political bs out there that surround the medical community nowadays. I do feel money is the bottom line, if a person has insurance, that will determine the kind of care they will get. I feel a second opinion is extremely important. I also feel the patient themselves should research their symptoms. I think they should seek out alternative methods of treatments, as well. I don't think anyone should put all their faith in one doctor.
@glords (2615)
• United States
4 Oct 08
I feel that you have to search for answers yourself. The internet and a concerned mother is far more likely to figure out a medical problem then a doctor. Doctors seem to underplay sickness. I guess they see people who are over dramatizing so often that they think no one is really sick. Only you can know how serious your problem is. I wouldn't even go to the doctor without doing some research of my own first.
• United States
4 Oct 08
For the most part I do but there are some things that I really have to think about before saying yes
@hotsummer (10449)
• Philippines
4 Oct 08
of course i will not just believe whatever the doctor will tell me . i will surely going to check with other people who had the same sickness and sysmptoms that i have and check with other doctors as well if i am not contented with what the doctor had told me. cause i would want to be cautious over following the doctor sepcially if i have to take up some medicines i have never heard before. cause we know that strong medicines have some side effects. and i am wary of those side effects that i might get . so i have to weigh it out if the medicine will be safe or will it still worth taking the risk if there are some side effects that goes along with taking that medicines. so with all those considerations i have to take then i will be able to conclude who is more like to believe to and who's recommendations i should follow for my good.
3 Oct 08
no i dont and one should now........docs are not always right
@belk89 (1103)
• Philippines
3 Oct 08
When the symptoms are not anymore minor ofcourse it is best to have a 2nd opinion. Physicians are not perfect and they can also make mistakes. So it is best to asked for 2nd opinion before you right away take the medicine that your doctor prescribed. Some doctors are not actually as good as the other. Better choose a well known doctor that really had a good reputation.
@shana123 (2096)
• India
3 Oct 08
I haven't faced such situations but i heard many such stories , before i wanted to tell something , i think tumor and cancer both are not that easy to detect all will be giving bad symptoms during the last stage. I read in news paper that once during the c-section they forgot the scissor inside the stomach and stitched it ,later she had some bad pains and some puss coming out , later they detected that there was scissors inside her stomach , this was done due to the doctor's carelessness , that lady was very weak , i dont know whether she survived or not !one more instance actually my friend had fungus growth in her ears but her family doctor told her that she had migraine after taking this medicine for almost 2 years something by accident she met another doctor , the new doctor detected the fungal growth and head was related to this headache and she did not have any migraine at all !
@rajueie (204)
• India
3 Oct 08
hi frends......ofcourse....we shud...believe....doctors....if u dont believe in doctors words..then wat is the fun of going to...doctor.....u shud enquire abt doctors....before going to a doctor...after that u shud believe in that doctor..... happy mylotting....
• China
3 Oct 08
to be honest ,i do not believe in some doctors ,which only want to earn you money rather than to treat your sickness .i am a chinese ,in my country ,it will spent you lots of money when you ill ,even if your illness is not serious ,many doctors will let you buy all kinds of pills or go to hospital but in fact you need not .so i only believe in and follow these doctors ' opinion who have good word- of-mouth .
@subha12 (18453)
• India
3 Oct 08
No Not always. i can understand by my instinct when the doctor is right and when he is wrong. its not that I always believe them i have seen them doing wong treatment also,.
@hadi81 (436)
• Indonesia
3 Oct 08
Yeah, i've got the same problem like u... now, just a little bit to trust any doctor....
• Australia
3 Oct 08
i am not usually sick very often, but when i am its usually very bad it takes a while to go away if its somethng like a cold. But i havent been to the doctors in ages, but when i do, i usually do believe my doctor (because she is a family freind) but when i am in doub i usally get a second apinbion from family members and other doctors just to be sure. Bur so far, ive been quite happy ith my current doctor and se hasnt been wrong..well not yet anyways :P..and hopefull never again to come! Happy Mylotting!
• India
3 Oct 08
Up to some extend we have to believe in Doctor.In some situations doctors are like God.