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Do You Get a Second Opinion?

About 10 years ago, I was suffering from chronic sinusitis, and after months of antibiotics (not fun), my ear, nose, and throat doctor said that I needed to get sinus surgery. I was not about to cut up my face, so I went to an allergist to see if maybe my cat was causing my symptoms. It turns out I was allergic and as soon as I found a home for him (sad, I know), my sinusitis cleared up. I'm so glad I got a second opinion.

So I was wondering . . .


Korsgal Korsgal 9 years
If it is something totally serious and life threatening, then yes.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
i never had to. but i always research what my doctor says and i have a lot of doctor-friends and family, so if something doesn't make sence then i get a second opinion, but usually i research the doctor before going to see him/her, so i know what to expect.
emalove emalove 9 years
If it was something serious, I certainly would.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
It depends. If I think the first diagnosis is inaccurate, I would seek a second opinion.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I once had a very bad attack of food poisoning. My entire midsection was in horrific pain, so I called my doctor. He said it sounded like appendicitis and wanted to do an MRI and possibly operate. I went to another doctor and he said that my symptoms were not indicative of appendicitis and instead treated me for severe dehydration (it turns out my potassium levels were low from all the vomiting and diarrhea) and the pain instantly went away. Other than that, I haven't ever really needed a second opinion from anyone.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
I made my boyfriend get 3 second-opinions before he got a disk fusion surgury on his neck. The 1st doctor was one of the best neurosurgeons in the country also.
econinsf econinsf 9 years
My friend was having several health issues which one doctor attributed to a thyroid disorder. His diagnosis included using radiation to kill the thyroid which would mean my friend would have to take all sorts of medication for the rest of her life. She decided to get a second opinion and went to a nutritionist and naturopath and they told her she was allergic to wheat/gluten. She eliminated gluten from her diet and a year later her health problems are gone and her thyroid is working fine. She is really glad she didn't go with the first opinion.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I should clarify something about my first medical opinion. That was my primary care doctor and she's said, "It's all in your head." But then she produced to write me a prescription for 100 tablets of the strongest dosage of Vicodin. With instructions to take two every 6 hours for pain. With 3 refills. So I asked, "If my pain is ALL IN MY HEAD, how is a truckload of vicodin going to fix that?" She had no answer. So I set the vicodin aside and went to my bariatric surgeon - who said he thought it was an ulcer and asked "how about some vicodin?" No, thanks. I have a ton. Is that the treatment for an ulcer? "No. Here's some carafate and more vicodin, if in 2 weeks it doesn't respond its either perf'd or not an ulcer." Two weeks of carafate/ no vicodin (because of my job) and no improvement. I did however end up in the ER from passing out in front of Macy's in Union Square from the intense pain and whatever. At the ER they gave me another type of treatment and ruled out the ulcer and said "your blood panels are looking bad, you look sallow, or gut is rigid - we're scheduling an appointment with a gastroenterologist who can scope a gastric bypass patient." That's how I ended up getting that third opinion. Things got really bad and all the first two doctors wanted to do was drug me up so I couldn't feel the pain.
Fitness Fitness 9 years
CaterpillarGirl and facin8me - I have asthma and my allergies would trigger attacks in the middle of the night. Unfortunately allergy meds didn't really help. I was so sad to give up my kitties, but it was too scary not being able to breathe. Plus knowing they went to a loving home of a woman who just lost her kitties made me feel much better.
xoswiss xoswiss 9 years
I should have gotten a second opinion on a serious illness long ago, but I didn't and now I regret it. If you have any doubts about your diagnosis, or your doctor's behavior in general - please don't wait to find a new doctor.
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
Only if i dont like what the first doctor has to say....THEN i would get a second opinion.
facin8me facin8me 9 years
I agree with Caterpillargirl- why give up the cat without at least trying allergy medication? I take Zyrtec and have two cats and it all works out fine.
Pistil Pistil 9 years
Maybe, but I haven't had to yet. Though there are so many stories where people go from one medical professional to another with no definite diagnosis, or are misdiagnosed. Sometimes it turns out to be quite serious (or deadly) like wackdoodle. I knew a girl who was sent home from the hospital twice. Her pains were dismissed as gas and indigestion. She went to a clinic and it turns out she had appendicitis, which was getting to be pretty severe at that point.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
I picked never, but only because I'm lucky enough not to have needed one at this point.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I guess it just depends on the situation. The only surgery I've had I went in to it Knowing I needed surgery. I practically had to convince my primary to let me see a specialist (she was THE suckiest dr). Finally I saw an ankle dr and he checked me out and said let's do surgery next week. I didn't get a 2nd opinion because I knew its what I needed. If I didn't feel comfortable I would've gotten a 2nd
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
There are medications to take for allergies, why give up your cat? i am allergic and i have three of them...not one sniffle.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I think it all depends. If it's a little cold...then no. But if it's somehtign that is constently bothering me...then perhaps!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that it depends on the situation. i broke my knee a year or so ago and had surgery and then another surgery and then it started to bother me again so i went to a dr (mine was no longer on my insurance) and after about 2 seconds of talking to me he said that i needed surgery again....and that didn't jive with me. had it been after a thorough exam i may have been ok with it - but not 2 seconds - so i went elsewhere and i didnt' have surgery. not yet at least.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love my PCP and trust her 110%. I will only ever get a 2nd opinion in certain situations and if she was not the one who diagnosed me.
julieulie julieulie 9 years
Depends... now that I'm marrying a doctor, and involved in the medical research field myself, I'd trust his opinion on whether or not to get a second opinion. I have in the past though -- when I was in high school, I was REALLY sick, super high fever, extreme pain in my joints, forgetfullness, etc. My primary care physician thought it was all caused by depression, but my mother is a child psychologist and refused to believe that was the case since she never saw any signs in me. She dragged me around to multiple doctors until one decided to do a lyme titer, and realized I had advanced stage lyme disease, along with the lyme-triggered arthritis and memory loss.
simplycutebecka simplycutebecka 9 years
I do when something is not working for me.
Beaner Beaner 9 years
Wow wackdoodle.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
If I hadn't gotten a second opinion regarding the pain in my side I'd be dead and many people would be happy. First doctor said, "It's all in your head." Second doctor said, "I think it's an ulcer. Hope it doesn't perf." Third doctor said, "It's not in your head. It's not an ulcer, You have an serious life threatening problem in your large intestines and its killing you. You need surgery now." Thanks third doctor. Second doctor did the surgery to prove the third doctor wrong and ended up having to remove a good amount of my large intestines (which I do not advise - ever- extremely pain does not describe it). After the surgery once the drugs wore off he said to me, "I'm so sorry. If you had listened to me or your primary you'd e dead. You're tough." Uh huh.
gigill gigill 9 years
I tend to only get a second opinion if I'm only really unhappy with the first one.
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