Do you take your doctors advice seriously?

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@cloud31 (5810)
May 13, 2010 10:30pm CST
How good patient you are? Do you follow your doctor's advice seriously? In some cases, there are times we don' t take doctor's advice earnestly,we sometimes disregard some advice which can affect ourselves . Sometimes we think that there will be no harm if we sometimes disobey the advice given by our doctors,but at times we realize that it doesn't benefit us,being disobedient taking his/her advice can risk our health and life. In some other circumstances, we even neglect taking medicine, prescribed by our doctors.We choose to have self medication sometimes, but finally at the end we still have to seek their advices and prescriptions,when life/health is at risk. Myself sometimes disobey my doctors advice and but now I learned that being a patient we are required to pay attention to our doctors advices. How about you guys? Do you sometimes disobey their advices? Or you take them solemnly? I'd love to hear from you my fellow myLotters! great day everyone!
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@climber7565 (2579)
• United States
14 May 10
Well we would like to think that doctors are always all knowledgeable, but its important like with all else to have a mind of our own and evaluate all, even doctor's orders. Doctors are not Gods, and as humans also make mistakes.
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@cloud31 (5810)
14 May 10
Well I agree with you,that doctors can also have flaws and what make sense here is that how we follow their advices when we thinks it benefit us.You are right saying that its us who can evaluate our own. Thanks for responding and Great weekend!
• United States
14 May 10
HI cloud, is good to read from you. I know doctors do their best to know it all and help. So many do some amazing things for patients. I had one surgeon reconstruct my ankle, but he could not understand my recovery, and actually suggested I walk on my recovering leg 2 months sooner then necessary. Ultimately the individual knows one's own body and should make the correct decisions for one's own best interest.
@agv0419 (3027)
• Philippines
16 May 10
Sometimes I also disobey doctor advice. It is hard to obey the doctor advice especially when it comes to changing eating habits.
• United States
14 May 10
Hi cloud! I'm stubborn sometimes when it comes to doctor's advice but its really important to make it serious when health is involve.Nice topic.Keep smiling cloud!
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@cloud31 (5810)
14 May 10
That's a problem from us sometimes anyway just a little advice sometimes we need to listen and take advices seriously if its for our sake. Thanks and Good day!
@advokatku (4036)
• Indonesia
14 May 10
if wanna be healthy, of course, I'll follow my doctor's advice. it would hurt if I don't follow doctor's advice due to go and get his advice, I has paid him, right?
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@cloud31 (5810)
14 May 10
Exactly! That's what I'm trying to say and emphasize here,that's is good to know your taking them seriously. Thank you for sharing and Good day!
@hofferp (4737)
• United States
14 May 10
Even though I have decent health insurance, I've stopped taking medication/following the doctor's "recommendation" to save money. In fact, this morning, I cancelled a refill of my prescription, so I could pay for my dog's prescription. I just found out she has cancer of the bladder and now, my goal is to give her the quality of life that I can. So I'm tired/depressed for awhile. I'll get back on my meds someday.
@cloud31 (5810)
15 May 10
Hello ms hofferp, Oh that sad to know that you have to stop temporarily your prescription for the sake of your dog.Its nice to hear someone could sacrifice things of their own for others.I hope everything will be fine with you.And with your dog hoping the same too.Take care.Thanks for sharing!
@Hatley (164232)
• Garden Grove, California
14 May 10
cloud31 most of the time I am very good at taking my doctor's advice seriously but am having big trouble doing as he suggested, cut down on 'what I am eating as I have no choice in the selection of foods I am fed here at Gold crest and ou tside of just cutting the portions in half I feel like I do not get a break for my diabetes as they are carb high here which is okay for those who do not have blood sugar problems but a good third or more of residents here are diabetics. so have at timea bought veggies I can eat raw or fruit to supplement a top heavy carb diet,we do not get enough meat here. He said he did not want to raise the amount of diabetic meds that I take as I have too many 90's and lower readings. so I must come up with a way to cut carbs and lose some weight and balance my blood glucose better.I do trust my doctor as Ihave been with him for years now, so must be a better patient.
@cloud31 (5810)
14 May 10
Hello ms Hatley, I'm happy to know you are one of the good patient and its really necessary for us to take their advices seriously especially when it risk our health I believe you are doing good with your doctors advice as if you are even guard your food intake. Take care always and Have a great weekend!
• China
3 Jun 10
yes, but the doctor should be the one who i trust, some doctors are very irresponsible and prescribe medication without any inquiry, it is doubtful that doctor
@snowcat46 (2322)
• United States
24 May 10
On some things, I obey my doctor completely. Other times,I use my own judgement. Medication like antibiotics, I always finish what I'm given. It's stupid not to. If you stop before finishing, you're basically creating a super bug. Now on medications that are supposed to continue for life, I take a more relaxed view. I don't want to be on something my entire life. I want to find a way to live without them, not just take them constantly. Like right now, I'm fighting high blood pressure. I want to find out what keeps triggering it,not just live on meds the rest of my life. Ordinarily, it's pretty low. Lately, it's been sky high. So I got a monitor and am keeping track of it. I've already noticed a trigger. Now I just need to keep an eye on it and find out if it's a true trigger or just my imagination. I kinda hope it's a fluke, cause I don't want to give up diet pepsi!!
• India
24 May 10
ya i do follow what doctor advices..because whatever they tell are for our own good. i sometime ignore but later i realise so i do wat doctor says...
• Philippines
24 May 10
I follow my doctor's advice with complete honesty cuz my disobedience could lead to some complications. It's my health that's on the line anyway so i'd rather obey my doctor's advice rather than do things differently. He's the expert, not me. :)
@yresh12 (3217)
• Philippines
18 May 10
Hi Ij!! Are you following your doctor's advice?heheh Doctor's are my last resort I'm not the type who goes to doctor's all the time.
@Ladyslipper (1330)
• Philippines
17 May 10
I would say that I'm a very good patient. I always follow my Doctor's advice even when it comes to pregnancy and taking care of my baby. I visit my OB Gyne regularly and even though I don't have any types of illness I still follow her advices speacially when it comes to healthy lifestyle. I take the vitamins she advised me to take religiously. When it comes to taking care of my 7 months old baby I also ensure that I follow his pedia's advise even when it comes to his diet. I nake sure that he takes his vitamins religiously without miss and that he only eats the foods advised by his pedia. I know that as Doctors they are concern with their patients health. However, we have to be more concern of our health. The success of medication if ever does not rely solely on our Doctors. We also have a part and we need to cooperate. If not then our Doctors will not succeed on their goal.
@dorannmwin (36656)
• United States
17 May 10
I believe that the greatest majority of people would be lying if they were to say that they follow a doctor's advice all the time. I know that from the time that I was young I really didn't listen to the advice that the doctor's gave to me. I know that there are slight exceptions to the normal rules with myself because I had a father that was a physician's assistant so he would sometimes override the advice that the doctor's gave. However, now I've seen that there are a lot of other people that are like me.
@1hopefulman (45754)
• Canada
17 May 10
A few years ago I got so sick that I wanted to die. So I decided to take better care of my body, out with the negatives, in with the positives. I decided that I would work on prevention rather than curing. I studied "healthful living." Now I rarely have to visit the doctor except for check ups. I like hearing my doctor say "your health is good, see you in a year."
@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
16 May 10
if the problem is not so serious, like simple cough and colds or fever, i prefer to self-medicate since these are just minor illness and because they are very common, we already know what the doctors will prescribe to we just do it by ourselves. sometimes, i also hesitate to see a doctor if i can just self-medicate, if i can seek some advices from normal people, most especially when there is no budget, no money to pay the professional fees and other hospital bills. i do self-medication and not see a doctor if it's me that is seek. but when it comes to the kids, i always take the doctors advice seriously. even if i don't have enough or no money at all, i will seek help from my friends and make myself "thick-face" for the sake of my kids.
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
15 May 10
My doctor is a pill pusher so I take his advice with a grain of salt. I will take the advice on exercising, watching diet, but if he says no, no, no, I will not take it. It is not "we" I do not consider myself a "we" I am supposed to take a prescription and I will read the directions on when and how to take it, and if it says it is all right to miss a day, I will do that. However, I feel that the natural way is much better if that pill or pills I have will have to be taken the rest of my life. I feel that is not doing any good, but rather it is just maintaining the state that I am in. But if I decide to take some natural medicine that after a while, I will not have to take as many, I feel that my health is improving. I also take some natural herbs that will benefit me and not to wait until the damage has been done.
@SomeCowgirl (32255)
• United States
15 May 10
I do not believe all doctors and I realize that their are alterntives to the medicianes they may prescribe. Such as vitamins, though they need to be read and studied about, and taking under good care, I believe that sometimes vitamins can help us more then medicines the doctor prescribes. Even still, there are times when exercise and a healthy diet can dramatically help where a doctor's advice may not be the best solution.
@TexLadyPj (1329)
• United States
14 May 10
Wow, what a fantastic question and some thoughtful responses. I usually follow my Dr's instructions, unless it is an issue that I have different knowledge. I had some hernia's that one Dr missed and another one found. I am glad I had some pain and went to an emergency care office. They found the hernia's and I was treated for them. I sometimes forget to take some of my medications, it isn't a matter of not following instructions, I simply forget. I am usually very good at following Dr's instructions. I seldom do "over the counter" unless I check with my Dr. Many of them fight with my meds, such as the quantity of Tylonel per day. It can damage my kidneys.
@celticeagle (123534)
• Boise, Idaho
14 May 10
I am a ak patient. If I question what the doctor tells me I do some research or go to another doctor. I usually can tell if the doctor knows what he is talking about. If don't like the doctor initially I go elsewhere or ask for a different doctor. Haven't had to do that very often. I disobey alot. Hehehe
@sagar21 (1583)
• India
14 May 10
Self medication NO I don't want to risk my life... I strictly follows my Dr's prescriptions.. Sometimes we may not be satisfied with a doctor. This occurs only when you fail to give him proper explanations about your illness and he may make a false diagnosis,not always.So always be open minded with your doctor,This is my opinion..
@bystander (2299)
• Philippines
14 May 10
yes, especially when this particular doctor has been with me for years and patiently guiding me through the management of my diabetes and hypertension. however, when doubt arises, i do some research and talk with the family doctor to get a second opinion. in my two major health concerns, i have been with the same doctors for years and our relationship had been quite beneficial, most especially to me. they have also learned to accept my extra-inquisitive mind regarding medications and complications that we tend to discuss issues affecting my health, with them seriously considering what i share to them regarding my lifetime management of diabetes and hypertension.