Medical problems should be discussed with a physician
Life can become an unnecessary fork in the road that can lead to an early death. If you go down the wrong side of the fork it might take you into a live- or- die situation. Time becomes an important factor when it is part of the decision making.
If you develop a cough, back pain, pass blood in your urine or bowel movement, get dizzy or have some chest discomfort, to name a few problems that arise, you can choose a bottle with a smiling face on it at the drugstore.
The advertisement on the product is so inviting it’s difficult not to purchase the item. In truth, most over- the- counter items recommend the purchaser see a doctor in a few days if not better.
Here is where that fork in the road becomes very important. If symptoms are continuing you must see a doctor. Unfortunately, you have had approximately three days’ delay while you wait for that drugstore product to work. Then, after three days you contact the doctor’s office and find out that you can’t get an appointment for another week. vou have delayed seeing the doctor. In that time delay, your symptoms have gotten worse.
A better choice would have been to call to see the doctor as soon as possible. The doctor’s office decides if you should see the physician. The doctor, and staff, will decide which medicine or tests are needed.
This takes the guesswork out of the decision and usually the doctor knows which medicine will work and how to use it. In the long run, seeing the doctor might actually cost less than first trying an over- the- counter item. In summary, unless you’re having a minor problem, there can be major complications from self- medicating. It’s better to make an appointment with the doctor or at least to contact the physi- cian’s office before complications develop.
Another medical problem is what to do when dealing with a busy office. It is always wise to call the office and ask for an appointment. Ask to discuss the problem with someone from the office staff but be ready to tell them about signs of infection and, if the doctor is too busy, ask if they would contact a hospital emergency room if you need to go to the hospital.
It’s always better if someone from the doctor’s office calls ahead when you are on your way to an emergency room.
Never watch and wait when you have a medical problem. Men watch rectal bleeding and wait for it to stop. Sometimes it stops but that does not mean the problem went away. Many serious medical problems like rectal or urinary bleeding can seem to disappear like a cold that gets better. Regardless, see a doctor.
Women have a habit of feeling a lump in the breast and assuming it’s small and harmless. Everyone, male or female, should see a doctor, get examined, and follow recommendations.
Never assume a problem went away because the symptoms disappeared. It must be checked even if you feel as good as you ever did. Seeing a doctor can add years to your life. Get that checkup, do not hide anything, plan to have a long wait in the office. vour life may depend on it, and it does.
Health & Science Dr. Milton Friedman