Have you ever skipped going to the doctor when you felt horrible not knowing what in the world was wrong? :)

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Have you ever skipped going to the doctor when you felt horrible not knowing what in the world was wrong? :)

DreamWolf DreamWolf
I tend to avoid "modern medicine", to avoid the chemical drugs, but in some cases indeed, it's better to see the doctor...

What about you?
06/12/2012
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P'Gell P'Gell
I have no problem with modern medicine. I wouldn't be alive without it. I've actually been very ill a number of times in my life. Medicine made the difference.

I did once not go to the doctor when I had pneumonia, because all three of my kids were so sick. Two of them had pneumonia and one had bronchitis. I'm 98% sure we had Pertussis and were all really sick. I took my kids to the doctor, it would have been irresponsible not to. My then seven year old probably would have died, she was SO sick she couldn't walk and wouldn't eat. She missed 10 weeks of school and took months to recover. My oldest child passed out three times, and was found to be seriously dehydrated and also had pneumonia and they needed medical intervention during this illness. The middle one had bronchitis and needed antibiotics, as she had had pneumonia the last two winters. We caught hers in time before it went deeply into the lungs.

It lasted a good couple of months. Being older, I had a better resistance than my kids did to the Pertussis. Also, with them all sick, I was simply too exhausted and busy to get myself to a doctor. If it has lasted an other week, I would have gone. I was weak for months afterward, and it put my Fibromyalgia into a tailspin which still has repercussions the last 5 years, and I know I SHOULD have gone to the doctor when I was that sick.
06/13/2012
pasdechat pasdechat
I don't have a problem with modern medicine, but I'm sort of phobic about doctors/hospitals, so I tend to avoid them if at all possible. It has come back to bite me, though. One time I suddenly found myself having these horrible sharp pains in my chest every time I took a breath, and I didn't do anything because I thought a) a heart attack wouldn't just go away if I breathed shallowly, like this did and b) I was too young and healthy to be sick. It did in fact go away, but it happened again like a week later and it turned out it was a partially collapsed lung that I had to have surgery for :\
06/13/2012
ghalik ghalik
I don't like doctors, but if something is wrong I go to them immediately. I don't fully trust them but I can make my own decisions! They can't force you to take anything you don't want to take or etc.
06/13/2012
little miss kinky little miss kinky
I hate going to the doctor but usually my mom drags me out of bed groaning in agony from some illness or another haha
06/13/2012
Michele Michele
My husband and I don't have insurance so to answer your question, I go without seeing a doctor all the time. I have been known to go to the ER a couple times in the past when it was an emergency.

Now, my husband is on medication and has yearly physicals so he does see the Doctor at least once a year. They give him his refills for about a year at a time.
06/13/2012
indiechick indiechick
Quote:
Originally posted by DreamWolf
I tend to avoid "modern medicine", to avoid the chemical drugs, but in some cases indeed, it's better to see the doctor...

What about you?
I was sick for 2 years and "modern" medicine couldn't figure it out. I now avoid the doctor like the plague. I get really horrible migraines that can look like strokes, and there is nothing that they can do to fix it....so why bother going
06/13/2012
indiglo indiglo
I have a number of ongoing health issues that would leave me debilitated in bed 80% of my life (or more). Modern medicine helps me to function physically in ways that would be impossible to otherwise.

I used to have an aversion to going to the doctor AND taking any kind of medicine. Then I got sick. Now - I have no choice but to go to a number of doctors regularly and take quite a bit of medication regularly. If I don't go (and take my meds like I'm supposed to), I can't get out of bed.

I don't think anyone likes needing to pop pills or needing to go to the doctor, but for some of us we really have no choice in the matter. And, you do get accustomed to it. Now I'm actually happy to go, because they allow me to have more of a life than I would on my own!
06/13/2012
Bex1331 Bex1331
Who actually goes to the doctor??? I ignore any and all indicators that something may be wrong because the doctor costs money, and time, and it just icky overall.
06/13/2012
GONE! GONE!
Well, usually the doctors that my insurance covers do nothing for me so I try to treat everything myself.
06/13/2012
CaliGirl CaliGirl
Quote:
Originally posted by DreamWolf
I tend to avoid "modern medicine", to avoid the chemical drugs, but in some cases indeed, it's better to see the doctor...

What about you?
I try to never go to the dr if I dont have to
06/13/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by indiglo
I have a number of ongoing health issues that would leave me debilitated in bed 80% of my life (or more). Modern medicine helps me to function physically in ways that would be impossible to otherwise.

I used to have an aversion to going to ...
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I agree, few people enjoy going to the doctor. I, like you, wish I had the luxury to say, "I don't trust modern medicine. They are all quacks so I don't need to go." Most people who say things like this change their mind if and when they actually get really sick.

It sucks not to have insurance. My oldest daughter just went about 8 or 9 months without it, and I was terrified the entire time. She used Walgreen's Take Care Clinic as her doctor when she would get sick. I felt SO helpless and fearful, also being 1,000 miles away didn't help.
06/13/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by indiechick
I was sick for 2 years and "modern" medicine couldn't figure it out. I now avoid the doctor like the plague. I get really horrible migraines that can look like strokes, and there is nothing that they can do to fix it....so why bother going
That sucks!

Honey, I had to see at least 6 doctors before one was able to treat my migraines. I even went to the infamous Diamond Headache Clinic (IMO, the Diamonds are quacks, whom I think enjoy seeing people suffer.) I was seeing my 5th or 6th doctor, who had an Integrated Medicine Center (herbs, chiropractic, acupuncture, modern medicine, homeopathy etc.) He finally said to me, "P'Gell, I can't treat your pain. I want you to see my Mentor at (University Teaching Hospital.) If anyone can help you, he can."

I saw the Mentor. OMG. It took about 4 or 5 months of trial an error (and 14 years later we are still trying new things) but this man has helped me more than anyone else. I'm still sick, I still get migraines, but the frequency is down and I have medication that works when I get a bad breakthrough migraine as well as having daily meds that keep the pain at bay.

I followed this man when he changed hospitals, and I'd probably follow him just about anywhere. He listens to me and treats my pain (I get stroke like symptoms, too, and have had a couple of TIAs) I never would have found him, and probably would have.... well the pain was so bad, and so chronic, I don't even want to think what would have happened to me.

Don't give up! Please. There are good neurologists out there that CAN treat even stubborn migraines.
06/13/2012
Beck Beck
I don't like medicine when I can avoid taking it. If you are sick and have something, you do, generally, need to go to the Dr. I'm not much for taking all these medications that the Dr wants to hand out like candy. I do think some of them are necessary for some, but not everyone needs a pill when they go to the Dr.

I try to get my hubby to go to the Dr, but he gets frustrated with them very easily. In 2003 my hubby was in a bad car accident. He now has steel plates in his neck and 4 bulging discs. They told him he was beyond the point of surgery unless more damage happened to him. So, they start to write prescriptions for all these medications for pain, nerve damage, and so on. He has the hardest time with them actually taking him seriously. It seems like every Dr looks at him as the tattooed guy who is there for Drugs. So instead of writing him prescriptions for medications he knows work for him; like narcotics. They write him prescriptions for this modern day non narcotic pain medication. Now, some of that stuff might work just fine. But when you read the side effects and it tells you that you shouldn't father children after taking this medication; you know what you are taking is questionable at the very least. Plus not to mention the Dr should have asked him that before writing the prescription. Especially since he knew that he was married and the wife (I) was pregnant at the time. It should have been a question to ask. My hubby ends up switching Dr's and limited by the insurance on which ones to go to. It's so much of a run around that he ends up yelling at the Dr. Last time he went the Dr asked him what he wanted him to do with his issues? Hubby told him I don't know you are the Dr, HELP me! Well, it turned into an argument. And my hubby stormed out of the office yelling at the Dr "When you can get me better drugs then I can find on the street, then I will come back." Since then he refuses to go anywhere else. I don't blame him. They are disrespectful to him. And the insurance only allows us to go to Dr's within a certain distance from the house and only certain Dr's. He has to go to a specialist and he has already been through all of them close enough to us. Though, his issue isn't resolved. And he's in more pain because he can't get anyone to help him. So, he started drinking alcohol to get over his pain. Which doesn't help anything!

Sigh! I just don't know how much longer it'll be until he is really hurt with a blown out back. The only thing he says is that maybe then they will listen to him.
06/13/2012
Master DarkWolf Master DarkWolf
I always avoid them, too many weird drugs.
06/13/2012
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
I do avoid going to doctors unless it's an actual emergency but only because of my mom's bf (his is the only vehicle at the moment so we need his permission to go anywhere), I had an earache that kept getting worse and worse for a week and a half and it still took an hour to talk him into letting me go to the doctor. -_-;

I hate taking unnecessary medicines though so I treat what I can treat safely with herbs and home remedies.
06/14/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by DreamWolf
I tend to avoid "modern medicine", to avoid the chemical drugs, but in some cases indeed, it's better to see the doctor...

What about you?
I usually have to be forced to go to the doctor when I am sick but it's generally because I am very rarely seriously ill. I also have a high tolerance for discomfort so by the time I realize I am really sick I am REALLY sick. If I go in complaining of pain or fever I am generally treated very quickly and seriously because my Dr. knows I hate to admit I am ill. I believe I am some Amazon jungle woman and in reality I am a hot house flower...
06/14/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by Beck
I don't like medicine when I can avoid taking it. If you are sick and have something, you do, generally, need to go to the Dr. I'm not much for taking all these medications that the Dr wants to hand out like candy. I do think some of them are ...
I know this will probably get me some flak but I have to answer you, Beck. My husband nearly died because a Doctor though he was a deadbeat Dad looking to skip out on going to work when he actually had an infection in his sinuses so bad that he was drowning in the secretions and his blood pressure was in the stroke region. We took him to the hospital and he was IMMEDIATELY put into ICU because they COULDN'T get him breathing properly due to high fever and febrile seizures.
My husband is very good friends with an ex-district attorney. This attorney went to the Dr.s office looking for my husband because he knew that there was an appointment scheduled and there were some urgent papers that needed to be signed for another case not involving insurance or anything like that. The mere fact that an attorney was looking for my husband and I told him that he had been hospitalized after his doctor had told him to quit shamming and go back to his job stocking shelves (he was an accounts manager for AT&T not a shelf stocker...) was all it took for us to get EXCELLENT care.
Now we have never and would never sue frivolously but the office didn't know that. They nearly killed my husband because of prejudice and it just isn't right. Doctors are human but so are their patients...and tattoos don't make you a drug addict!
I would suggest that you look around even farther than you think you can. Talk to your insurance company and see if there's something that can be done. You'd be surprised what insurance companies CAN do for you, if you have the courage to ask.
Good luck to you, Beck, and your poor hubby. No one should have a medical care provider that you are "stuck" with.
06/14/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by ghalik
I don't like doctors, but if something is wrong I go to them immediately. I don't fully trust them but I can make my own decisions! They can't force you to take anything you don't want to take or etc.
Absolutely true! If your doctor is a good one he or she will listen to your reasons for not wanting to take certain medications and work with you to find a workable solution....and if you find a doctor like that hold onto them like they are mana from heaven!
06/14/2012
LadyDarknezz LadyDarknezz
All the freaking time. I almost didn't go earlier today, but my family forced me to go. Of course, they bitched at me about how I'm costing them so much money by being sick as if I choose this shit. Good thing I went since my kidneys are already kind of messed up and the severe dehydration I had was not helping...At all.
06/14/2012
LadyDarknezz LadyDarknezz
Quote:
Originally posted by Beck
I don't like medicine when I can avoid taking it. If you are sick and have something, you do, generally, need to go to the Dr. I'm not much for taking all these medications that the Dr wants to hand out like candy. I do think some of them are ...
Oh my God I'm so sorry about your hubby! I understand what he's going through. I've been through over 25 doctors and specialists due to my rare pancreatic disease. They see that I'm young and black and they instantly think I'm just trying to get painkillers from them for the hell of it. They judge me before trying to even help me. None of them take me seriously and it's driven me to the point of very dangerous depression many of times.

I understand why he drinks. I can't, because it hurts me more, but I did resort to actually cutting myself. I've stopped two years ago due to a really messed up intervention from my family. As of right now, I have to take 14 different medicines a day...It's terrible. I don't take all of them since, well, I honestly don't think half of them are necessary.

I wish you both the best. Nobody should have to live in such pain and be judged based off of appearance etc.
06/14/2012
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