There are many people in your life that you care about and are near and dear to your heart but let’s be honest, you’ve lied to them at least once in your life. Even if it was a white lie that caused no harm, it was still a lie but there is one person you ABSOLUTELY should NEVER lie to and it’s not who you think it is. No it’s not your significant other or your mother that I’m talking about, I’m talking about your doctor. Yea not exactly who you thought I was talking about. I mean if you think about it, chances are you’ve actually never lied to your doctor and if you have then you know how guilty you feel about it. If not guilt then it’s at least some kind of concern for your own health. I mean there’s been those awkward instances as a young adult when your mom would still accompany you to the doctors and you suddenly become a very spiritual person and begin praying to whoever that the doctor doesn’t ask any personal questions because you don’t want to have to lie. Your relationship with your doctor is funny that way. Again, it probably makes it easier that you’re only talking about your health and body. See, there are 2 main reasons it’s important that you’re honest with your doctor and build that relationship because:
- They’ll take your concerns seriously as they have a better understanding of your pain tolerance and overall medical history
- They’ll know how to approach any serious medical issues with you
I have a close friend who has been battling with medical issues for several years and it all started with a doctor who didn’t take her pain seriously enough, I think part of it was because he didn’t know her well enough to know that her pain tolerance was high and therefore if she was concerned it must mean it was serious. She went from doctor to doctor in search of answers until it became an even bigger problem and she had to have surgery. Years after her surgery and she’s still experiencing major issues and is constantly going from one specialist to another. She was the first person I had encountered with a story like that but I then realized that this a horror for many people.
It also taught me to be VERY honest with my doctor even the little things that to me could mean nothing because they could be major precursors. While I think there are still some serious issues with the medical systems that’s for a different article. All-in-all, don’t lie to your doctor even if it’s awkward and uncomfortable! Build that relationship because after all it’s your life your putting at risk.