doctor doctor I am sick

doctor's stethoscope - Doctor's checking up
@sheanne (440)
Philippines
May 16, 2010 5:24am CST
Hello mylotters, we do know that we need to take care of ourself always, our health is our wealth. Nowadays we know that medicines even medical consultations cost lots in everyone's pocket. Mylotters when you're not feeling well or you're sick do you go to your doctor then for consultation or you just take rest and self medicate until you get well andyou just go to the doctor if you're still not that well after self medicating?
13 responses
@bettydeng5 (1709)
• China
17 May 10
You are right, health is our wealth. when I felt not well, I would to see doctor, because I don't know what my condition was, the most important thing was that we postponed our illness, maybe will aggravated our status, it's good to see doctor timely when we felt not good.
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@sheanne (440)
• Philippines
17 May 10
Hello bettydeng, thank you for sharing but I just want to know if do you go to the doctor even you only got some common illness like colds, cough, fever, flu or just take rest at home? But you're right it's always good to always ask for doctor's opinion when you got ill and don't know what could it be. Happy mylotting.
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@manubla (474)
• Philippines
16 May 10
If it's something that I'm aware of like flu or cough and colds, I don't consult the doctor. However, if it's a new sickness to me, I consult the doctor if I don't get well after several days :p.
@sheanne (440)
• Philippines
17 May 10
Thank you for sharing manubla. Always to consult a doctor after still not feeling week for days. Happy mylotting.
• Philippines
16 May 10
Hi sheanne, Sometimes if we know our body so well, we just take a rest and drink plenty of water. But if illness will last for 1 week that's the time that you need to see a doctor. Be honest to him to tell him what have you done to your body the whole week. Tell him what medicine did you take and the remedy you did. Usually he will not allow you to do self medication because it may worsen your situation. Doctors knows what's best for you, although if you are doubtful, you can still ask for a second opinion.
@sheanne (440)
• Philippines
17 May 10
Hello adeena, thank you for sharing. You're right it's always good to be honest to your doctor if you've done self medication. Side effects or complications should always be aware of. Happy mylotting.
• Philippines
16 May 10
Hello sheanne, Since there are medical professionals at home,whenever someone get sick in the family or me,if it's like common fever,colds & cough then we usually do take rest & drink lots of water,self medication is last option...going to doctor comes if symptoms persist continuously for a 3 week....
@sheanne (440)
• Philippines
17 May 10
That's so nice to know shenlynn, if there's medical professionals at home it does help a lot with common illness but if sickness still persists there's always a need to consult your doctor. Thank you for sharing.
@markleob (1904)
• Philippines
16 May 10
when i felt something bad. i just sleep and drink plenty of water then after that, i will be fine..that is just stress and the only anti-stress is REST.
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@sheanne (440)
• Philippines
17 May 10
Yes indeed mark, to battle out stress we really need to take some good rest. Thank you for sharing.
@alexies29 (124)
• Philippines
16 May 10
If you have a medical background or somebody in the family is, then maybe you can rest at home and self medicate. However, if you have no idea with your illness and rely only to other people's opinion about it, then you better go to your doctor to find out what needs to be done. If you decide on self medication, make sure that you know what you're doing because if you don't, then it'll only double your expenses and make things worst. It's quite expensive to go to the doctor nowadays but it's also worth it. Just make sure that your doctor is a good one and is reliable.
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@sheanne (440)
• Philippines
17 May 10
Thank you alexies for sharing. It's really worth to be checked up by the doctor.
@TexLadyPj (1329)
• United States
17 May 10
I am very blessed in that I am retired military and therefore have access to tricare. I also have medicare with tricare as my supplement. However, my immune system is impaired by Epstein Barr virus and diabetes. I have had cancer. I am on several medications and therefore, unless I have asked before about self-med (OTC, over-the-counter) I go to my dr. I found out something I didn't know, excess tylonel can damage my kidney's, so I am now very careful. I did have to search to find a dr I trusted, however now have one.
@pabreen (237)
• Philippines
17 May 10
Hello sheanne, If I'm not feeling well I would resort to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables at the same time have enough rest, but if after several days and I don't feel well that's the time I'll visit my doctor but I don't usually drink all the synthetic medicines that were prescribed. I would prefer to take supplements which would boost my immune system.
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@climber7565 (2579)
• United States
17 May 10
I understand your point and have to say that if I can recover on my own I will self medicate, rest and recover, but sometimes some medications are only obtainable with prescription, so there is no choice but to see a doctor.
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• United States
17 May 10
Well yes like with every thing else one must use common sense and don't ignore knowledge and training, of course
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@Hatley (164736)
• Garden Grove, California
17 May 10
hi sheanne some things like a cold I do not bug my doctor about but if that cold turns into rough bronchitis or pneumonia I am going to seek my 'doctor's help as I am a diabetic and thus my system needs more help than someone with an intact immune system.I never self medicate myself for anything serious but go directly to my doctor as an elderly person I have medicare and an excellent gap insurance so I use it.
@Hatley (164736)
• Garden Grove, California
19 May 10
hi sheanne yes I have to use my medicare and my hmo as I have a standing order by my doctor to be seen every three months to check up on my diabetes. no big deal, only fifteen minutes actually maybe twenty five at times. then done for another three months.
• Philippines
17 May 10
in my case, i don't right away go to the a physician unless it is EXTREMELY necessary. what i do to avoid getting sick is i monitor my food intake. less processed the better. more natural, is the best to out health. vegies, fruits, lots of water, a lot of rest and 8 hours sleep at night. more often then not, physicians only rely by what you tell them during check-ups and consultations. then they would prescribe meds they thought are cure to the "supposed" illness you feel. however, on the process of taking meds, without us knowing, it is harmful to other vital organs of the body. so in effect the first symptom is gone, but another will appear and on. so unless extremely necessary, i will not subscribe to it. take care...
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• Philippines
20 May 10
you are definitely correct there joanna, taking vitamins helps in preventing any disease because it strengthen our immune systems. take care..
@lyyben (18)
• China
17 May 10
I just checked my ear 2 weeks ago. Here is the conversation with doctor to share with yours: Me: I have tinnitus for 3-4 years, and yesterday I felt some pain on my ear. Doc:( Didnot check my ear, writing his diagnose and said ).It's fine. Me: I got Food allergy 4 years ago and had injection on my ear, then I it singing till now, and I felt some pain yesterday, is there any way to cure the tinnitus, and is there anything should be look out on the diet? Doc: It has been singing 4 year, and it would be stop singing if there is any way could cure the tinnitus, right? dont' worry, it's just ok. Me: ( I looked at him and felt dont understand ) Doc: ( He done the diagnose and looked at me ) Listen to me, It's fine, ok? I am the doctor. Next..... I felt I got cancer,,,,,,,,,,, So, I think, if a small sick, self medicate...
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• India
10 Jun 10
oh .. i am sorry about your ear. and the doctor's behavior. Just because there are some inhuman doctors, and just because they are not doing enough justice and treatment.. does not mean that you should stop going to a professional, and start self medications. It is very very dangerous ... please search for a good doctor. Or, ... there are adequate websites online, where you can check your symptoms, and get a second opinion. i DO host a medical forum, and you are welcome to use my services...
@manojt2 (179)
• India
17 May 10
For the common person, like me, I would prefer to go the doctor, who has learned about various illnesses and their symptoms and he could only be trusted as to what has happened to me. So I feel safer in taking whatever medicines he prescribes and I am well within a day or two. I don't feel like self medicating and don't believe whether that helps. I am almost unaware of this and came to know from your post that this is also a kind of healing. Thanks for that. Now I have turned to Ayurveda, due to its supreme quality that there are no side effects. And I am treated by an Ayurvedic Doctor who visits my home and I don't need to go and wait in the queue for my number at the Doctor's clinic.
• Philippines
17 May 10
hello Sheanne! I agree with you that health care services aren't cheap at all. There are alot of people who cannot afford to seek professional health care because of financial constraints. And if there is any way we can self-medicate, or have home therapies, we are so willing to do, just to avoid this high bills we would get if we seek professional help. As long as the symptoms are not worst and are just manageable, I will go for over-the-counter medications, since I am a nurse. But, we should limit ourselves from self=medicating, and once in awhile seek for professional consultation, even if it means taking some of our budget. After all, our health is far more important than our money. Even if we only experience mild symptoms, it is best to have a routine check-up from our doctor. In this way, further health problems and complications will be prevented. As the old Dutch proverb says, "Prevention is better than cure." Happy mylotting!