Why bother with my physical I go enough

@911Ricki (13602)
Canada
October 5, 2012 9:19am CST
My doctor told me I have to get a complete physical. I've never had one all at once, it's usually in spurts. I got for this or that, and end up getting it in chunks sort of speaking. I go on the 15th of this month to get it done, and maybe then my doctor will realize everything that's going on. For example he's never looked at the goodies, usually it;s a nurse, or a tech (last time was the nurse), so maybe now he will realize the reality and issues I;m having. Noone else in my family goes for a physical so up to I was 19 I didn;t have anything done.
5 responses
• Canada
6 Oct 12
It's encouraged to do an annual checkup as soon as you reach in your thirties.. I didn't have to go as much when i was younger but now my doctor tells me i should start doing it..The doctor looks at your family history also.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
8 Oct 12
When your thirties ... they say between 16 - 18 to start. That`s ridiculous, are you in the UK - I find many from the UK say this as well. They suggest even after your first child.
• Canada
9 Oct 12
I say that because most people don't go unless there's something bothering them.. They say you should start 16-18 years old being the fact if a girl is especially sexually active..That way you can detect things like HPV or something like that or if you have a medical condition that will give you a reason to see a doctor..then I'd say do an annual checkup or sooner.. If you feel healthy, doing the right thing-exercising, eating right, managing stress levels then I'd say you can wait a couple of years..
@dorannmwin (36695)
• United States
8 Oct 12
I have to admit that it has been years since I've had a complete physical. The reason that it has been so long is because of the fact that I don't really like to go to the doctor's office. I am in generally good health and for that reason alone, I really don't like the idea of dropping money on my doctor just knowing what is going on in my body at a pinpoint in time. If it wasn't for that and I did have ongoing issues, I would have no qualms at all about going in for a physical.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
8 Oct 12
I could see if you had to pay for it, but here OHIP covers it all. If you miss the appointment it's actually $150. Saying that I don't think there is an excuse, I think my families just lazy. Even when they have issues they wont go even when it's paid.
• United States
6 Oct 12
I get a complete physical by my doctor every year in July. I can't even imagine not having one. I also have to have a colonoscopy every 5 years cause I have polyps removed. They are slow growing, but still have to have it done in 5 years instead of 10.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
8 Oct 12
I'm suppose to get a colonoscopy done every 2 years. Usually after 50 they ask you to get it done every 2 years which my Dad and Uncle do. I have been referred to the specialist, and have to go for a colonoscopy in a few months. I have the blood doctor at the end of October, and my physical on the 15th of this month. I usually get my physical done by the nurse, but this year the doctor requested he does it (maybe he will realize it's not all in my head). But not one person in my family goes to the doctors not even for a physical.
@scheng1 (24893)
• Singapore
6 Oct 12
Hi Ricki, I do not like paying money for a thorough medical checkup too. I will sign up for clinical trial, then I get to have a medical package for free. Not only it is free, but they will pay me for going down too. I think you can go the same route, and make money in the process. Maybe you can join the clinical study and make a few thousand dollars out of it.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
8 Oct 12
I don't pay for medical fees, only medication we are covered by OHIP here and get free health care.
@kemak28 (738)
• United States
5 Oct 12
I have a physical once a year. Sometimes it seems unnecessary if you are in there throughout the year for other things. I had one yesterday actually and not much happens other then I got a flu shot and routine blood work done.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
8 Oct 12
I already got the blood work done, just have to go for an actually exam. My doctor normally doesnt believe me when I go in he will push it all off.