Do you visit your doctor regularly?

Visit your doctor for a check up - Regular visits to your doctor can help maintain a healthy lifestyle.
@Bunny2 (2102)
Australia
January 20, 2007 11:56pm CST
Do you visit your doctor or general practitioner regularly? Regular check ups can help maintain a healthy mind and body. Some people only go to see their doctor if they're really ill - others go for nothing. I have to go regularly because I have a few health issues but my husband needs to be almost on his deathbed before he will go to a doctor! Where do you fit in? Regular patient, occasional patient or only on the point of death patient?
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@tigrashadow (1086)
• Australia
21 Jan 07
i have to go in regularly for checks to see how im going every month or more if i have something else wrong or am changing something... but before then i used to just go when i had to - for a script or if i was sick lol most guys i know seem to have issues going to the doc...not all but many...i dont know what it is LOL but of course they also think they are dying when they are sick so yanno... ;)
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
21 Jan 07
I have to agree that mostly it's men who have issues about going to the doctor. My hubby needs to be in extreme pain before he'll go. I've been trying to get him to go for a check up for YEARS but he won't. And he has family history of different complaints. My father was the opposite - he'd run to the doctor for anything and nothing. He was an exception. LOL.
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@BSC_NCCE (305)
• India
21 Jan 07
ya u r rite. i m agree with ur opinion. we have to visit doctor to become fully fit. hence visit doctors regulary. but i dont like doctors. i visit doctors when i become sick.
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@BSC_NCCE (305)
• India
21 Jan 07
ya u r rite. i m agree with ur opinion. we have to visit doctor to become fully fit. hence visit doctors regulary. but i dont like doctors. i visit doctors when i become sick.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
21 Jan 07
I, like you, have to see my doctor regularly because of health problems. Lately it seems I've been going at least every other week, mostly because I have to see specialists for certain problems. Even if I were healthy, I think I would make sure to have regular checkups. It never hurts to be sure, and there are so many diseases that can now be treated successfully if caught early. I've had friends go in for totally normal checkups and find out something was wrong even when they had no symptoms at all, so I think it's always better to be safe.
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
21 Jan 07
I hope you keep well and continue to see your doctor for maintenance rather than him finding anything new. Thanks for replying.
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@BSC_NCCE (305)
• India
21 Jan 07
to become halthy we have to visit doctor regulary.
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@sarithagp (238)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I don't go to my dr. regularly.I go only when I am sick
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
21 Jan 07
You're lucky - I hope you have continued good health and rarely have to see your doctor.
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@keverw (96)
• United States
21 Jan 07
ya me too i don't like the dr
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@BSC_NCCE (305)
• India
21 Jan 07
i dont like doctors. i went to doctor when i sick.
@balasri (26553)
• India
21 Jan 07
Medical check up - Regular Medical check up helps us to ward off many ailments.
It is always advisable to have annual medical checkups especially when you are above forty.As far as myself is concerned I don't want you to find my age.
@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
21 Jan 07
LOL but it's on your homepage!
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
21 Jan 07
I meant your MyLot homepage :)
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• Australia
21 Jan 07
I wished I saw my doctors less. Im in the ofice weekly, sometimes twice or more. I have degenerative disk disease and other ailments, then their is my accident prone son who's 11, he is someone I should start on, its funny but frustrating
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
22 Jan 07
You and I are alike, Ruralchook. I have degenerated disks in my back and neck. Mostly it's OK meaning I can put up with the pain. I feel for you. Your poor son - and poor you! He must be an active boy!
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@jimotman (633)
• Indonesia
21 Jan 07
I don't go to my doctor regularly, just when I'm sick. I know it's not good, but I'm just too lazy. Anyway, I think the one doctor you really should visit regularly is your dentist.
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
22 Jan 07
I definitely agree with that - we should all visit the dentist twice a year. I do.
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@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
24 Jan 07
i am one of those people who only sees the doctor if i am really very very ill that i feel like i am aready dieing. i am suffering from ischemia and i am suppose to have a regular check up every two months. but i am too lazy to visit the doctor and fall inline just to see him. i only go to him when having very painful attacks which i know is wrong.
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
25 Jan 07
Hopefully everything will be all right.
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• Italy
21 Jan 07
yes i go there regulary and i have never been afraid of the doctor ! I cannot understand why people are scaried just by the sound of that word ! Maybe they remained shocked during their birth :) ?
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• India
21 Jan 07
yes i also do not know why people r afraid of doctor . there doing things for you r own good. igo to doctor only when i have a serious problem
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@gaganlok (587)
• India
24 Jan 07
No not in many years only when the problem comes
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• United States
24 Jan 07
I go once a year for a physical. and then I go if I need stuff for a job because I am a nurse, and then I go if I am sick. So I go pretty regularly! I also see a pulmonologist, and have my gyne. I am now just starting to take better care of myself!
• India
24 Jan 07
I dont visit regularly i visit when i feel bad ...
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@bsabers (668)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I usually visit my doctor once a year to get an anual physical. Other than that, I'll only see him if I get really sick.
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@snow2007 (170)
• Canada
21 Jan 07
I don't really go because i find it a waste of time if your perfectly fine. But yea its a good idea to go because it could prevent a future illness or something that they can catch early. So i might start to go again and be checked out just to make sure everything is ok.
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@imakella (669)
• United States
21 Jan 07
i use to do so.. i visit twice in a month to have general check up.. ofcourse meanwhile due to some problem may visit.. u too ?
@gifana (4836)
• Portugal
21 Jan 07
I have not been to a doctore in over 25 years nor do I intend to in the near future. As long as I feel good and have no cause to complain, I will not waste a doctor's time nor my own. Perhaps there are those who think I am stupied, they are entitled to their opinion. I don't worry about my health as long as I have no complaints. Sometimes I feel that those who suffer most from incidental diseases do so because of their intent to gain sympathy from others. I don't want anyone to feel sorry for me or sympathize with me. I may be dying and don't know it.... Who cares? I don't publicize my ailments because I think that others have enough problems of their own to worry about mine. In addition there is absolutely nothing they can do. I have friends that I NEVER ask them, "how are you?" because I know that they will give me a disseration of 1 hour or more about all the ailments they have. Doctors are for those who need them. All those who "think" they are ill only because they they are looking for attention or sympathy should forget about themselves and leave the medical professionals tend to those who really need it.
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• United States
21 Jan 07
I was just reading through your post and you do bring up something very important, however it can be misinterpreted by many individuals who have a chronic illness. I know that people who have a disability or illness tend to talk about the test they have had, or their new symptoms but it is really no different than say a room full of stuck up talking about the latest hair style, or how the Gap Jeans don't fit quite as well as the Levis and other meaninless topics. I work with many people who have chronic conditions, so I hear a lot. I also know that when a person's life revolves around an illness, injury or other limitation, it is important for them to talk about it. It may seem trivial, boring or meaningless to others but it is crucial to their overall health find some sort of commonality with others. I know that must sound odd, but I have seen this happen. I talk about my health a lot, I even wrote my first book mostly about my ordeals after a bad car accident. It makes no difference to me whether someone does not understand why I write about my problelms, I have a goal and that is to share with people that you "Can do it" anything if you are willing to go that extra mile, and work harder than all the rest. A "Disability" is not an "inability" and when you hear or see people posting about their aliments, just know that they need someone to talk to. There is a lot of emotion that comes with an illness or condition. Fear is one of the biggest, and the depression from chronic pain is something not to shrug about. I know. If it were not for the support of others and my ability to talk about things I would not be alive today writing this post. I hope this helps you see a differetn view. And, I want you to know that this post of mine was not supposed to be a defensive one, but as I was typing I felt the urge to "DEFEND" people that have fears, or other problems that warrent them to talk about things that they are going through. Writing and talking are two of the best types of thearapy, and if you read something you do not like or don't "understand" then you can always choose not to read on, you do however need to learn to break free from stereotyping people that are struggeling each and every second of their life to break free of. When someone reads a post such as this, they blame themselves for their ailment. I was hit and I was not even driving the car. It was not my fault, but why should I defend myself if say I want to post about a procedure such as the RFA that I had to do last week when I was afraid of having it done? Should people keep their fears to themselves, just because people don't understand or who would rather talk about something stupid, I think not. Thank you for your post. I just wanted to throw my 2cents in because I am an advocate for people with disabilities and I think it is time to change the view mainstream society has, once and for all. I mean after all, mainstream society once view slavery as an "Okay" thing. What were they thinking~! And now the stigma reaches yet more groups, disable, the sick, the poor, the...etc. Lets end stereotypeign, "we can learn a lot from people that are unlike ourselves" KMW comments/questions: onestopwriteshop@yahoo.com Thank you, I hope I did not come across as negitive, I just felt like standing up for many who feel that their voice is not heard. They deserve to be heard, by all. I am proud of anyone for talking about their situation, it is a sign that they want help or a sign that they have not one eles to care. Lets give them the support that they need, we don't need a reason why when there are so many needs to be met. One person at a time, we can change the world.
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
22 Jan 07
Both Gifana and Litwriter are correct - Gifana I believe is referring to people who are not necessarily ill, but make an illness out of a symptom. These are people who constantly need reasuring and sympathy. Litwriter on the other hand is talking about people with very real illnesses. People who have to cope with various diseases. Recently I was surprised when a friend of mine lumped me in with herself and another friend - they both have severe debilitating diseases, while I have bits and pieces but nothing life or quality of life threatening. I can only imagine what you have to go through day in, day out. And you're right Litwriter - talking and writing about it are great outlets. I wish you every success.
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@willocfc (965)
• Australia
29 Jan 07
I too have some health issues that mean i have to go regulary but i wish i didnt, the wait is what kills me i hate having to sit around for hours to see a doctor for a whole of 2 mins and a big bill
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
31 Jan 07
I agree that waiting in the waiting room can be the hardest part at times.
@34momma (13895)
• United States
23 Jan 07
i will admit i don't go as often as i should. i try to go at least once a year to get a full check up. i go about every other year. yet i go to my GYN every 6 months. for some reason men just don't like to go to the doctor, that i don't get
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
23 Jan 07
I don't know what it is, but most men have a phobia about it. But many women have to just because we're women. Thanks for your response.
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• United States
22 Jan 07
I forgot to rate your article? Tonight is the first time I have been on the site. Please forgive me:) Thanks, Kat
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
22 Jan 07
You'll get the hang of it as you go along :)
@dmillman (2273)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Yes, I do go regularly because of the medical conditions that I already have, and the ones that I could get through heredity. Some things you just shouldn't mess with, and your health is one of them. Even if you're in denial, take care of yourself. I know this second hand. My uncle was diagnosed with diabetes years ago. Well, he was in denial, so he never took care of himself. Wouldn't follow the diet or take the medicine. Plus, he couldn't afford the testing supplies and medicine. Instead of getting help, he wound up in the ICU. He now has CHF (congestive heart failure). His heart is only beating at 20% of it's normal capacity. He's going to be flown to Boston tomorrow. He may need a heart transplant, if they can stabilize him. Then, after that works, he may need a kidney transplant. Another thing is to not ignore the symptoms that you may have. Oh, it's just a cough. Well, if the cough has lasted months, maybe there's something more there. There are some diseases that are known as silent killers because of their lack of symptoms and are only caught through tests, if you're that lucky. This is why my grandmother is dying of ovarian cancer. So you see, it's very important. It may be embarrassing or painful or whatever, but it could be a lot better than what you could get it you don't go. I'm not trying to preach, or scare the daylights out of anyone. I just want people to realize how important it is.
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
22 Jan 07
I suppose the best way to learn is through experience and your family has enough experiences for all of us to learn from. I hope all of them recover well.
@kapriusa (135)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I do complete my doctors visit daily as it gives me peace of mind. I also get my physical done once in a year which is a good way to know about the health of your body.
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
22 Jan 07
I wonder if that's a typo? a daily visit to the doctor - that would be time consuming and hopefully not necessary for you.