well for me ... it normally depends how sick I'm feeling. Sometimes I visit the Pharmacist first because I know that I can just walk in off the street and speak to someone with at least some medical background, and get 'something' that might help. Often its not always easy to get access to a doctor immediately. But if its something that is more serious, well yes, I'll just head straight to the Doctors and wait my turn in the Waiting Room to see him/her.
Definitely my doctor, he is excellent and his knowledge and experience has always steered me correctly. He is not one to prescribe meds without understanding the issue first... I literally owe my existence/life to certain doctors...
Thanks for stopping by duffsmom. In some instances though the pharmacist can diagnose, re-ssure and recommend and OTC (over the counter medicine) and if it were beyond his remit would then recommend a GP appointment.
It it's something like a cold or flu, or a bad headache, then neither (unless I needed a decongestant/pain killer to function at work). There's no point treating a virus with antibiotics - they only stop secondary bacterial infections. Better off curling up in bed, staying hydrated with honeyed herbal teas and resting 'till the virus/headache goes away.
If it's something I have had before, know how to treat with OTC or other remedies from the pharmacy (or my herb garden), I'd skip the doctor, 'cos I'd have to wait for an appointment anyway!
If it's something new, or something that I know would need medication, or a referral to a specialist/physical therapist, then the doctor would be my first choice.
Hi Pauline, I am not sure if you aware of this; a common symptom for major brain issues are significant headaches. Before I lapsed into my coma I had severe headaches. I am sure others who have had brain-bleeds or anerysms have had this also.
Why are some people so ferociously attacking alternative healing methods?What is it that makes them jump on every hint that pharmaceuticals might not be the only solution?Why do they even break a sweat over the benefits...