We like pleasing the doctor. It’s in our nature. In fact, studies claim 1 in 4 patients lie to their doctors. The truth is so hard to tell, especially if the questions are from people in white coats who know better. No one wants to risk feeling embarrassed or being judged. If you tend to drop in a white lie here and there, remember, doctors eventually find the truth. Here is what the doctors are tired of hearing of.
1. “I Quit Smoking Months Back”
Most doctors take this statement with a pinch of salt. In fact, some doctors train their residents to double the number of cigarettes that a patient tells them, in response to how many cigarettes they smoke over a week. Nobody likes to listen to a lecture, but when you lie about your smoking habits, it affects the treatment. Smoking is one of the worst habits for your health.
2. “I Don’t Drink Often”
Just like cigarettes, several people tend to lie about their drinking habits to the doctor. The right information is extremely important if you are undergoing a surgery. Alcohol abuse increases the risk of more bleeding during a surgery. Also, if you are a heavy drinker and you need hospitalization for a medical issue, you might experience withdrawal symptoms. Doctors need to informed so they could make prepare the treatment accordingly.
3. “My Eating Habits Are Just Fine”
People tend to lie
4. “That’s Everything To It”
Did you know several people play down symptoms to avoid being hospitalized? Also, doctors reveal people tend to dismiss certain symptoms like a headache as “tiny” issues that aren’t worth to discuss or patients simply forget to bring it up during a consultation. If you think you are the type to forget, there’s no harm in writing down what you need to talk about. But, always bring up everything that’s bothering you.
5. “I Have Amazing Sex”
Doctors reveal questions like, “do you have any sexual problems?” and “how many sexual partners do you have?” always make patients feel the need to lie to avoid being judged. Remeber, doctors are trying to help you. Always disclose the truth about your sexual history. Do not dismiss problems like sexual pain or difficulty in getting aroused as nothing serious. It could be tied to a medical condition.
6. “I Don’t Have A Family Medical History”
The doctor needs the full picture to make a course plan. But doctors reveal several patients tend to forget or lie about their family medical history. This information is especially valuable to find causes for certain diseases. So, let go of your family secrets.
7. “I Don’t Skip My Medication”
If you aren’t the type to skip your medication, you are one among the few to do so. Doctors know that several patients skip their medicines because they have forgotten about it, they are facing side effects, or it’s expensive. If you are experiencing problems, discuss it with your doctor. He will figure another course of action.
What you reveal to the doctor determines a huge chunk of the treatment you receive. So, confide in your doctor!