10 things that you can not lie to the doctor

1. Yes, I drink all the pills, as you said

And here not. Taking drugs is boring. Sometimes it’s even difficult, because you have to take them strictly by the clock, or because they are nasty. And to admit it is embarrassing.

This is not just a lie, but misinformation, which will have serious consequences.

The doctor needs to know if you took the prescribed medicines correctly. If you say that you acted on prescription, the doctor should conclude that the drug had no effect. Means, it is necessary either to change treatment, or to increase a dosage, or to revise the diagnosis. Large doses or stronger drugs also have serious side effects. You went to be cured, not to earn a couple of new diseases.

Better admit that you did not follow the instructions so that together with your doctor you could find the right method of treatment.

Sometimes a doctor can see that you are lying – the results of the tests will tell him the truth. But the responsibility is still on you.

2. No, now I do not take any medicine

Honestly? What you think is a small thing, not worthy of attention, can greatly affect the outcome of treatment. If you do not list all the drugs that you take, the doctor will not be able to predict the interaction of medications, and this will lead to undesirable effects.

What can not be forgotten? About antidepressants, birth control pills, vitamins, amino acids, dietary supplements, infusions and decoctions of herbs, extracts, Viagra, after all.

Patients often hide that they have been prescribed by another doctor, especially if it was a psychiatrist or a venereologist. Or they read articles on symptoms on the Internet, after which they prescribed an antibiotic, but now they are embarrassed. Or they take drugs that cause addiction, and do not want to give them up. In any case, if the doctor prescribes you another medicine, then it can react with what you are accustomed to drinking. Consequences – high blood pressure, arrhythmia, a negative effect on the liver and a lot of minor troubles: nausea, indigestion, headache.

In addition, some symptoms of diseases can be exactly the side effects of those medicines that you already take. For example, anxiety, depression, fatigue.

3. I did not eat anything and did not drink before the operation

The patient is brought to the operating room, the anesthetist asks when he last ate or drank. And he receives an answer: “I have not eaten anything all day”. It seems an innocent lie, but it will turn into big problems, because with anesthesia, jokes are bad.

Do not lie to the anesthesiologist to avoid being in intensive care.

Before the planned operation, patients are warned that the stomach should be empty – this is a necessary measure of preoperative preparation. When the patient is anesthetized, his lower esophageal sphincter (this valve that connects the stomach to the esophagus) relaxes. Therefore, the contents of the stomach can go up the esophagus, get into the mouth, trachea and even into the lungs. Gastric juice is an acidic medium. If half-digested food gets into the lungs, it can provoke an inflammatory process up to pneumonia.

4. What are you, I almost do not drink

Nobody wants to admit to a love of alcohol. But the doctor needs to be told. Because trying to hide the genie will delay the diagnosis and treatment.

Canadian experts have issued a guide telling how much alcohol can be consumed: no more than 2-3 servings per day (about 100 g of strong alcohol). In this case, many people can not drink at all. Anything above the limits can damage your health: problems with your heart, blood vessels, digestive system begin.

If you complain of high blood pressure or abdominal pain, but at the same time hide your close relationship with alcohol, you force the doctor to go the wrong way. In addition, alcohol affects the effect of certain drugs.

People with addictions lie can even kill. For example, if they get to the hospital and they develop a strong withdrawal syndrome. Not all drink-dependent people look like typical alcoholics, and if the doctor does not know about alcohol problems, then the onset of the syndrome may blur.

In general, do not lie to the doctor that you do not drink. And do not be afraid of conviction (which to hide, some doctors can drink more patients).

5. No, no, I do not smoke

Smokers hide their habit from the doctor. Often people say they quit smoking. Five days ago, for example. Or in general yesterday. Such a responsible statement is not enough to give up tobacco, especially with years of smoking experience.

Patients hesitate to admit to a bad habit, but the doctor must tell everything. The doctor, knowing about smoking, will prescribe additional tests, tell you what unpleasant symptoms you need to pay attention to in time to notice cancer, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), heart problems, stroke approach – illnesses associated with smoking. The doctor even helps to quit, if you really want it.

After all, smoking is a habit that harms the whole body.

6. Drugs? Never tried

Who by his own will tell you that he gets some illegal drugs somewhere? Nobody even talks until the tests bring patients to a clean water.

It is more difficult to diagnose a drug addict than to a person without dependence, if one does not know what exactly he is taking. Even smoking grass will prevent you from getting into antibiotics, blood thinners, anesthetics. Drugs change the level of sugar in the blood and increase blood pressure.

Even if you were not hospitalized because of drugs, you still need to tell them about them so that the doctor can calculate all the consequences of the treatment.

This is especially important if you are suspected of having a heart attack, because many specific drugs can not be taken with drugs – this will only worsen the condition.

7. I lead a healthy lifestyle, go in for sports, eat right

When the tests show that the cholesterol level is off scale, when the pressure has reached critical levels, it’s silly to say that you usually eat right, it’s just that they stopped recently, because the stresses were tortured. This “recently”, most likely, lasts a lifetime.

Many diseases require lifestyle changes. Humble yourself and take care of yourself, and do not get the doctor to ask for more tablets.

Paradoxically, for some reason, patients try to look ideal in the eyes of the doctor. And they lie exactly about what is important for proper treatment. “Doctor, I do not eat anything, but I’m getting fat anyway,” “No candy, but sugar grows,” “I’m doing exercises, but my heart is getting worse.”

But after all, diet and exercise are methods of treatment, especially effective in diabetes, heart and liver diseases. Tell the truth, ask what is wrong with your diet and how to introduce physical activity into the daily routine.

8. I did not get any treatment

Self-medication is a terrible thing, especially when people do not talk about it. Although patients often buy and painkillers, and antibiotics, and “tablets that helped a neighbor / friend / grandfather.”

It is especially dangerous to hide the painkillers’ intake: the doctor can skip pain symptoms, muffled by pills, or prescribe more drugs, which will lead to an overdose. Another case: you were able to buy potent drugs without a prescription, and now do not want to talk about it.

Your liver does not care, you told the doctor the truth or lied. She does not care what you think, as if the previous pack “does not count.” The liver simply needs to be processed and removed from the body of a ton of painkillers, which you loaded it.

It turns out that you took, say, paracetamol – an analgesic, which is a part of many painkillers. The maximum dose per day is 4 grams. The doctor prescribes the drug to you, taking into account that you did not take anything. And you end up exceeding the dosage and get a liver failure as a gift.

9. No, it does not hurt here

There are two reasons why patients hide symptoms:

  • They hope that the doctor will not find anything terrible.
  • Are proud of the fact that they can overcome severe pain.

This is a continuous psychology, but do not do this.

So hiding little children who close their eyes and think that since they do not see anyone, then no one sees them.

For example, you have a stent in the aorta that prevents the narrowing of the vessel. And you do not talk about unpleasant symptoms to not be on the operating table again. But the sooner you perform this operation, the less complications there will be.

Or you do not have the means to pay for expensive treatment, so you do not want the doctor to find the disease. But the more neglected your case, the more expensive the treatment.

Some play down the symptoms and do not talk about severe pain in the throat, lower back, shoulders. Especially if they came to the reception not about this pain, but because of other symptoms. And in vain: many diseases cause irradiative pain (this is a pain that extends over long distances from the hearth). And the earlier you tell the doctor about the allegedly unrelated pain, the sooner the doctor will diagnose and prescribe the treatment.

10. Yes, everything is clear

From 40 to 80% of the information received from the doctor, we forget at once, as soon as we leave the officeRoy P. C. Kessels. Patients’ Memory for Medical Information. . The rest is misunderstood.

So, just nod your head, write more (better yourself, so that you can read later), then be sure to study. Separately write down questions that you would like to ask on a new appointment. Because health depends on our memory. How to take pills? How to prepare for analysis and surveys? What kind of diet should I follow? Everything affects the success of treatment.

If the doctor said something incomprehensible, ask again. If the doctor uses the term that you first hear, ask him to explain in simple words. If the doctor wrote something on the assignment sheet that looks like the scribble of a three-year-old child, ask to write in block letters.

And there’s nothing to be embarrassed about, you can not know everything, but you need to understand what’s happening to you.

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