In this article I am not trying to undermine the relationship you have with your or any doctor.
I just try to tell you what I found online what people think and write about.
Most people except their family doctor as an authority and in most cases this is the right approach.
After all he or she went to a medical school for many year to become knowledgeable about every aspect of the human body.
You also have to realize that they are not specialized in any subject and thus their authority and knowledge is limited.
This means in my opinion that in a number of your complaints you should ask for a referral to a more specialized physician.
I read in an article that most, or at-least many, people are scared or embarrassed to ask questions to their doctor.
In many cases, and believe me I did that to, thought about all the question they had afterwards when they got home.
A good idea that I found somewhere online is to write a little note with the questions you want to ask before going to see any doctor.
Here is a small list of questions to ask your doctor
I have assembled this list by an online search for the subject.
- Have you had a patient with this complaint before
- How did that treatment go
- Do I need to see a specialist for this
- What is your knowledge about this subject
When any doctor subscribes you medicine there are important questions to ask.
Many doctors get paid to subscribe medicine and this is an important part of their income.
This fact makes me wonder if this is the medicine I need or just for him or her to make money.
Reason enough to ask some questions before you start taking that medicine.
Questions to ask before taking medication
- How long has this medicine been on the market
- Have you prescribed it before
- Why this particular medicine
- What are the known side effects
- Does it interact with other medication I use
- Does it interact with over the counter medicine I use
- How long do I have to take it
These are just a few of the questions you can or should ask.
Your situation might be different and your experience with your family physician might be different and he will answer them before you ask.
After reading tons of articles and watching many video it is my opinion that most doctors went to school for many years to learn how to write prescriptions.
They do not teach them to look at the person as a whole but look at your complaint as an isolated part of your body.
This cannot be the right way since every part of your body interact with the rest. They also do not look too much on how a change of diet can have a huge impact on your health.
Reason to ask yourself some questions
- What can I do to avoid taking this medicine
- Can I change my lifestyle for that
- Is there a natural medicine available
- Should I ask for a second opinion
I can give you an example of something that happened to a friend of mine a long time ago.
He suffered from migraines for many years and had to take medicine for that and even had to call in for work and stay home in a dark room if it was severe.
He had some back problems and his doctor referred him to a physical therapist to have a look at that.
In the intake interview the physical therapist asked him if he had any other complaint and he mentioned his sever migraines.
The Therapist decided not to look just at his lower back where the pain was, but to look at his whole spine.
He found a problem in his neck with one of his vertebrates and treated that also because it could help with the migraines he suspected.
After two or three treatment of his neck my friend did not have any migraines for a long time.
If he felt that the migraine was coming back he went to his physical therapist and got a few sessions with him to take care of it.
I wrote an article earlier about how a spine alignment might be an option to get rid of some complaints and this example just proofs that this might be true.
Again I am not trying to get you away from your doctor but just think by asking the right questions you can help him or her make the right diagnose maybe.
Find the doctor that looks at you as a whole person and not at your isolated complaints. Like I wrote before the solution might be located in a whole other part of your body.
I wrote many article how your gut is a very important part of they system that keep you healthy.
I am a strong believe that nature around us provides us with all we need to stay health.
Question you have to ask yourself if eating right can help or maybe even eliminate the complaint you have.
Feel free to leave a comment and let me know your opinion.