Sure, there are a lot of awkward things about going to the doctor, but without getting the truth from you, they simply can’t help you as much.
It’s crucial to be honest with your doctor about everything. You won’t get in trouble, and they’ve seen it all, so they’re not going to judge.
You might not even know what information you’re hiding from them, so check out this list of ten things you need to start being honest about with your doctor and rest a little better knowing they’re treating you with all the information they can get.
“I’m taking the medication as prescribed.”
If you’re not, the doctor’s going to abandon that line of treatment, which means your lie is potentially denying you a cure or treatment that could work, but you just can’t admit you that haven’t been taking it as prescribed.
If you’ve slacked on taking it, fess up.
“I’m not taking any supplements or vitamins.”
You might not remember you’re taking them, or you might not think they’re important, but let the doctor decide that.
All sorts of things can affect and interfere with prescriptions and treatments, and only the doctor can know for sure, so come clean on everything.
“I haven’t eaten anything before surgery.”
It seems like no big deal to have a snack, but there’s a good reason you need an empty stomach before surgery.
For most procedures, the dangers don’t come from the surgery itself, but the anesthesia. If your stomach’s not empty, you can vomit and asphyxiate, so first off don’t eat, and secondly, don’t lie about it!
“I don’t drink that much.”
Yes, you do. And not only is that important to admit for honesty’s sake, but hiding that information could delay diagnosis and treatment for a condition that might be made worse by alcohol.
The doctor’s not your parent. They’re not going to shame you. They need this info to diagnose and treat you.
“I don’t smoke.”
Smoking is becoming more and more taboo, so the urge to lie about it is understandable – it’s a dangerous habit.
If they know you smoke, they will spend more effort and time looking for diseases and issues that smokers are prone to.
If they don’t think you smoke, they might gloss over those issues.
“I don’t do drugs.”
Not only is this important to admit because of the general lifestyle implications, but also because of how your drug use will interact with prescribed medicines.
Even marijuana can impact the effect some drugs have, so let your doctor know – it could change the way you’re treated.
“I exercise and eat healthy.”
If you don’t, but say you do, the doctor will start looking for less common reasons you’re gaining weight or out of breath.
It can also cause the doctor to overlook heart and diabetes issues that you might be at greater risk for than you’re willing to admit.
“I don’t take over-the-counter pain relievers.”
The stuff in these OTC pills can be deadly and do real damage to your liver. The doctor won’t be able to ID them as a cause of an issue if you’re underreporting how much you take.
Also, if you’re already taking some, you don’t want the doctor prescribing you something that will double up on those potentially dangerous compounds.
“It doesn’t hurt.”
Guess what? The doctor doesn’t care if you’re tough. If something hurts, speak up.
Pain is a consistent and reliable indicator that something is wrong, so don’t overestimate or underestimate for any reason.
Sometimes people also downplay pain to avoid a certain type of treatment, even though they may very well need it for their well-being.
They also do it to maybe save money if they don’t have insurance.
Put your health first. Be honest.
It’s your body. If you don’t understand or weren’t paying attention, ask again. Most of your treatment doesn’t come in the doctor’s office, but with your lifestyle based on their direction.
If you don’t understand the issue, diagnosis, course of treatment, or advice, speak up, and let them know.
If you’re not clear on the problem and how to address, you’re not going to fix it, and that could be a fatal mistake.