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Should You Follow Your Doctor’s Advice?
The Benefits of Following The Doctor's Advice
We often encounter health problems and doctors are always the right people to go to whenever we have medical problems. More often than not, we are given the right advices and prescriptions by doctors. Hence, many of us follow our doctors’ advices blindly. To many of us, they are the experts in the field of medicine and whatever they advice are more often correct and reliable.
Many of us will agree that following our doctor’s advice is usually beneficial. That’s why we visit them whenever we feel sick. We cannot counter the fact that doctors are good at what they do. Besides, they didn’t become an expert just by sitting around doing nothing. They have a professional degree and they see patients every minute and every hour of the day. Most of them work full time as doctors; hence the frequency of their practice as doctors makes them more of an expert than any of us.
The Disadvantages of Blindly Following a Doctor's Advice
Sadly, we hear patients complaining about their doctors giving them bad advices. We also hear stories about patients having a worse health problem after they have gone to the doctor and followed the doctor’s advice. Let’s face it, doctors are not gods. They are just as human as we are and some doctors can even give a really bad advice that is against common sense. It is surprising to know that there really are doctors who are misinformed even in their field of expertise.
When to Listen and When to Stop Listening
So, how do you know when to follow your doctor and when to stop listening to them? The answer is, we don’t. That’s why we are often risking ourselves and our health whenever we follow a doctor’s advice blindly.
Here are a few suggestions you can do if you are in doubt of your doctor and his/her ability to give the proper advice on your health:
1. You can look for second and third opinion. If it’s possible, look for someone that is not referred to you by your doctor.
2. You can do a quick research on your condition and use it as basis from your doctor’s advice.
3. If it’s possible, talk to other people who had gone through the condition you are going through right now.
If your doctor is a family doctor who almost never gave a bad advice before, it is more than likely that you can trust his/her advice. But if you are in doubt, then a quick research of your condition and advice of other people can help you make your final decision.