Balancing what You Know with What the Doctors Know

Last Updated: 7 Jul 2020

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?

About the author
Beth Brownsberger Mader was diagnosed in 2004, at age 38, with bipolar II disorder and C-PTSD, after living with symptoms and misdiagnoses for over 30 years. In 2007, she suffered a traumatic brain injury, compounding bipolar recovery challenges that she continues to work on today. Since these diagnoses, Beth has written extensively about bipolar, its connection to PTSD, physical illness, disability, and ways to develop coping skills and maintain hope. She also writes about bipolar/brain disorders and family, marriage, relationships, loss, and grief. Beth finds the outdoors to be her connection to her deepest healing skills, where the metaphors for life, love, compassion, and empathy are revealed, and how her bipolar and other challenges are faced head-on with perseverance and determination. Beth served as a contributing editor/featured columnist for bp Magazine from 2007 until 2016, and as a bphope blogger from 2011 until 2016. She returned to blogging for bphope in 2019. Beth continues to work on her unpublished memoir, Savender. She holds a BA from Colorado College and an MFA from the University of Denver. Beth lives in Colorado with her husband, Blake, and her service dog, Butter. Check out Beth’s blog at bessiebandaidrinkiewater.

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