Keeping things a secret from friends and family is one thing, but hiding lifestyle choices from your Healthcare provider is a big “No No”. Our health care provider has a major task of helping us to stay healthy and live long lives. Any information that is withheld reduces the likelihood of them fulfilling their job to the fullest.
Here is a list of things that people tend to leave off the table when asked to provide more information about their personal lifestyle choices:
- Drugs or alcohol consumption.
If you’re asked if you smoke or drink alcohol, honesty is key. Lying could lead them in the wrong direction in the face of a diagnosis or draw them away from looking into potential problems you might not notice.
- Your sexual history and activity.
Your doctor is not there to judge you. Being sexually active is not a new phenomenon. Your doctor can assess whether or not you are a higher risk for and STD and provide some practical solutions to help prevent these cases. These are other things that can increase STI exposure, so being aware of it is important for any doc.
- Medications or supplements.
This should be a “no-brainer”. Even though your doc might not be a big supporter of herbal remedies or sports nutrition supplements, it is extremely valuable to your health if they are fully educated before prescribing you other medicines. Your health provider can often make changes in your prescription to make sure there’s no bad reactions.
- Bumps, Redness, rashes or anything that seems harmless but unexplainable.
This could be a simple as small red bumps or a new consistent itch in places you didn’t itch. Any sort of problem in places that you actually notice, is worth mentioning. It’s better to get these areas checked by a professional that can better diagnose what is going on.
- Irregular bowel movements
Not everyone has a regular daily bowel movement. This doesn’t mean that there is an issue. Sometimes your body will show signs of constipation, which could potentially be a signal pointing at more in depth issues. It can be embarrassing to tell your doctor that you are not able to relieve yourself properly, but it’s for your own good to be upfront.
- Neglecting to do what your Doctor says
If your healthcare providers makes recommendations, but you don’t actually put them into action, you should admit it. Your healthcare provider is making educated suggestions with your best interest in mind.
No one is perfect, but when it comes to your health, your healthcare provider makes you the number one priority. Help them do their job by providing vital information that could help them diagnose any potential problems and furthermore possibly save your life.
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