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Do You Ever Reject Professional Medical Advice?

Weigh In: Do You Reject Your Doc's Medical Advice?

I'm killing myself for not eating an apple a day. In recent weeks, I've spent entirely too much time at doctors' offices, which have resulted in numerous prescriptions for antibiotics. Thinking I knew my body well enough, I decided to forgo the second Rx and tried to fight my illness with my trusty OTC meds, some saline spray, and some rest. Unfortunately, playing nurse to myself didn't pay off and I went running back to my pharmacy asking for that original prescription to be filled. Now five days later, I'm starting to finally feel better. Final score: Doctor 1, Patient 0.

In this case, my doctor certainly did know best, but I'm not sure he always does. Do you ever reject your doctor's medical advice for your own intuition?

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inlove23 inlove23 6 years
I'm on the fence with this one. Since I'm a nursing major I try to diagnose myself and end up not going to the doctor (it's worked so far). But a couple months ago I had a mild UTI, and even though I can cure them on my own (no sugar, tons of water, etc) I would rather go to the doctor and get an antibiotic because it's faster and I don't risk a kidney infection. He told me to finish the antibiotic he gave me--which I didn't because it was gone in 3 days, but it worked out fine.
LeiraElle LeiraElle 6 years
Oh, definitely. I study infectious diseases and medical systems as a career. The argument that doctor's spend years studying medicine? Sure, they spend years studying medicine and humans on AVERAGE. But every individual is different. And doing years of rounds doesn't make them a genius. If it weren't for foolish doctors over-prescribing antibiotics, we wouldn't have antibiotic-resistant strains of so many pathogens. I've had doctors prescribe antibiotics for a viral infection (which I clearly didn't take, and recovered fine). I've had two different doctors refuse a chest x-ray and antibiotics for what a third finally diagnosed as walking pneumonia. I once had a doctor make me cry; scolding me for something that he claimed would "inhibit my recovery" from a broken knee. Guess what? The x-ray showed it didn't, and I got my cast off a week early. In summary: you know your body better than they do!
sarasonne sarasonne 6 years
Remember that doctors PRACTICE medicine. Communication people! If you don't like what they are prescribing for treatment, then it's your job as the patient to speak up and discuss your reasons for disagreement, and the consequences of all options taken or not taken.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Oh, and wackdoodle - I had a doctor do that exact thing to me once. A couple weeks later I got a bill for $400 for a UTI. Someone clearly wasn't listening to me.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
I had the opposite problem a few years ago - two doctors who refused to give my antibiotics for what I KNEW what a sinus infection. Three weeks later, an upgrade to sinusitis + bronchitis, and a nearly ruined vacation and I finally begged my way into a Zpack. Felt better a day and a half later. I may not not be a doctor, but I know that when I'm coughing up green goo (TMI?) and can barely breathe, it's not a freakin' cold!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 6 years
I trust my doctor when they actually listen closely to what I tell them. When I tell them "hey I'm allergic to sulfa based medications" and the doctor proceeds to write me an RX for an antibiotic that is all sulfa I immediately lose trust in a doctor. Whenever the doctors advice seems to contradict the things I know about my own body I start distrusting my doctor's knowledge. The times that I've cow-towed to the doctor's orders I've paid the price.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
BeRe, I didn't get that vibe from Michele at all when reading this thread. Settle down and have some bacon. (I'm not a nutritionist, but I can vouch for it's therapeutic effects.) I will question a doctor based on the situation, if I feel it is necessary. For instance, I recently had to go to Urgent Care when I banged up a big toe pretty badly. I didn't know the doctor, and likewise, she didn't know me. When she went to send a script for Vicodin to the pharmacy, I immediately put the kibosh on that plan. That had nothing to do with my perceived view of her qualifications, but everything to do with my knowledge of how intolerant I am to the side effects of that drug. Simple as that.
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