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Let's Get Physical-Why I Like Annual Checkups

Updated on September 1, 2009

Peace of Mind

I have a physical exam just before returning to school every year. My brothers, who have their exams before mine, constantly complain. "I hate going to the doctor," they all too often say. Unlike them, though, I enjoy going to the doctor. That's not to say I like every aspect of each appoinment, but going to the doctor certainly gives me peace of mind. Aspiring to be a doctor, I am constantly reading about different diseases on the internet and in books. Unfortunately, many of these diseases have common symptoms so I am constantly misdiagnosing myself. For example, I had a persistent cough this summer. I also noticed that there were swollen lymph nodes in my neck. I'm sure you've heard this before, but using the internet is one of the worst ideas when you have symtoms like these. The first few web pages I went to said I likely had lymphoma, a type of cancer. The cough, based on what I read, could be a result of a tumor pushing on my lungs. I became paranoid and read many other webpages which seemed to support the idea of my having lymphoma. Well, I finally had my physical today and guess what? It's not cancer. In fact, less than 0.5% of people with swollen lymph nodes or a cough have cancer. Now I feel completely reassured. I no longer feel the need to surf the web reading horror stories about people who have died of terrible diseases that I could have. So that, in short, is why I like the doctor. However, there are many drawbacks to having a checkup. For example, my school requires many immunizations. It seems like I am getting 2+ shots every year for diseases I have never even heard of. I don't mind shots as much as a lot of people do, but the idea of something going into me has always made me cringe. I also hate finger pricks and urine tests. Last time I went to the doctor's office the doctor pricked my finger, and very little blood came out so she kept squeezing and scraping my finger for blood. This harrasment of my finger nearly led to my fainting and was very uncomfortable. All in all, though, I would have to say the benefits of going to the doctor heavily outweigh the drawbacks. It's too bad not everyone enjoys going to the doctor as much as I do!

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    • marshall92 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      dohn121: You're welcome. And, as always, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I've misdiagnosed too, Marshall. I don't recommend using the net to diagnose one's self. If I did, I am an absolute miracle case, as I am still persevering, having suffered a stroke, pneumonia, cancer, leukemia, and a host of others that should call a team of doctors from Yale Medical to come and study me! Thanks for this hub. Great job!


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