Balancing what You Know with What the Doctors Know
Why? Because the physician who’d been treating me for another issue said that the thrush I’d developed was an impossible side effect of my treatments. I was not going to see the doctor for another week. I went to reputable sites online, and diagnosed myself.
So the pharmacist saw my tongue, and said, “Uh, yeah, you got thrush”. Phone call here, phone call there, and I had the prescription in hand in one day.
Disclaimer: Do not ever in any way fully circumvent your providers.
However, if you have been honest with yourself, have done research into any of your medical issues, and are stable, you probably know your body pretty well. I am “wired funny”. I get side effects no one else ever gets, or the intended result of a medication, isn’t what happens. I know this, I tell physicians this, they laugh, give me stuff anyway, and then I have to do what I did above.
I keep a little file on what I have found through research concerning elements of my body and mind, and lists of what I want to talk to doctors about.
You have to take responsibility for your medical health, too. Learn how your body works physically, and make sure your doctors know. Don’t allow a physician to ignore what you are saying. Do your own research into your condition(s). Keep your resources available so that your physician might understand that you may actually know what’s going on.
How do you deal with your medical health?