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Discussion - Understanding your doc's instructions

I just read this article in the NY times and was curious what others thought about it.

Doctors Talk, but Do Patients Understand

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I’ve always gone to the doctor armed with the idea that I am my own best health advocate. I know my body better than they do and it is my job to be as informed as possible. As a 20-something with some life long health issues (I weigh 110lbs yet have high cholesterol…thanks Dad!), I have to see specialists regularly. As a good patient, I feel my job is to research what I have been told then question my doctor if I don’t understand something. And if I don’t get a satisfactory answer, keep asking! I’ve never found that a doctor has balked at giving me more information - on the contrary, they are more than happy to help me understand and discuss the research I have done on my own.

But then again, I’m also the patient that brings a list of all my medications to each appointment and requires that any labs I have done are sent to ALL my relevant specialists (cholesterol numbers go to my GP, stomach specialist and OB/GYN, etc..) because you never know what someone else might pick up with that info.

Like everything else in life, getting good, usable info from your doc is a two way street and requires work from both parties. Maybe I’m just blessed to have found caring docs who will take that extra few minutes.

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You have not delt with Military doctors? My experience is they do not truely listen! Most have an attitude of I went to school for this I know more.

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Re: Discussion - Understanding your doc's instructions

Sounds about right. I always go to the dr with any new results that I have. When DH goes to the doctor, especially a new one I always take his complete history since the heart attack. I also have a list of questions, and a list of drugs. If stuff starts getting changed around I call my GP and make sure that what is being changed makes sense.

They know us so well at the doctors office that we dont even have to tell them who we are anymore or what we are there for. LOL

Luckily we have some good doctors. They always take the time we need. His cardio has actually called me at home before on a Friday night to make sure that the staff was taking care of everything for me and to answer any questions I had.

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Originally Posted By: Berg WandererYou have not delt with Military doctors? My experience is they do not truely listen! Most have an attitude of I went to school for this I know more.
Nope, never had to deal with the military medical system. I'm guessing your experiences with military docs have been different than dealing with the civilian population?

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Re: Discussion - Understanding your doc's instructions

Just of late real bad! I was tested in the states last year and my civilian GYN said pre menopausal and the military docs here keep fighting with me and saying I am too young! THE PROOF IS IN THE BLOOD TESTS!

The only good experiences I have with Military docs is the GYN side. With them they get guinea pigs dancing in their eyes to look at me, Can we experiment? and take your insides out?

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