Annual Physical Examination
April 12, 2011 10:47pm CST
I had just gone through our company sponsored Annual Physical Exam. I searched the internet regarding the medical findings in the report. Will you do the same, or would you rather just go and ask a doctor about the medical findings in our exam. I research so that I can discuss the findings with my doctor and not just rely on what he says. By the way, I saw my doctor already and he ordered further tests to be done.
• United States
13 Apr 11
First, I hope that further tests will prove you are healthy. I always look up results from my tests, why they might be that way and what might have to be done about it, what are my options. I just got a new doctor after moving to a new area 4 years ago and she already knows that when she gets test results I'll want a print out. I have always taken charge of my health and tried to be an informed patient so that I know the right questions to ask--I've been like that with my children, too, I guarded their health and made the best decisions based on knowledge, not trust. It's good that you do this and if more people would take an interest in their health we would not have so many lawsuits. We should all learn about and actively participate in our healthcare.
13 Apr 11
as much as we would like to rely on what medical professionals do, i still believe that our health is our own responsibility. it's better to know than just be spoonfed with information from the doctors. whenever i have tests done, i ask what each test is for and there starts my research. understanding our body is understanding better our health status and needs. the doctors can only explain so much in 15-30 minutes. rarely do they spend more time with out-patients or during check-ups. and often, we don't get to ask pertinent questions had we really understood what's going on. in our family, before buying prescribed medicines and vitamins, we check it first online. and we also seek a second opinion. sometimes a medicine that is effective for one ailment can be destructive to another organ in the body. so we should really be very careful on our intakes. it is again, a personal responsibility. i do hope your results are all okay. it's good you do your own research and that you take an initiative to discuss it with your doctor. tc
13 Apr 11
Doing research about the findings is good. At least you know the nature of the illness. Further tests means the doctor wants to be sure before giving his diagnosis. He doesn't want to make a mistake. Should you feel that you need a second opinion, it is good to consult other doctors. Keep on studying. It will help you a lot.
13 Apr 11
I have to make my own request for an annual physical examination from doctor. Last time I did he said it was not necessary to get examinated each year. However my older mother who is in her 70s has her doctor to call her for an annual physical examination. So I got a feeling that I'm in my 50s isn't that important to be examined. I think a doctor should tell everything about test results and explain if there are any questions to be answered appropriately. Hope you are in a good health condition.
13 Apr 11
It's ok to do both, in fact it's advisable that you do research about the findings so that you'll have an idea of what's happening to you. Don't expect the doctor to tell you everything in details, most of the time they only do that when the situation is already serious. That's great at least you get to ask your doctor everything that you don't understand. I hope it's not really serious, so take the test that he requires maybe your doctor just wants to be sure.