As physicians, there’s a huge difference between what we say and what we are actually thinking—but, as professionals, we bite our tongue.
7 Things Doctors WISH They Could Say
1. “You need to lose weight…”
Obesity is not just a matter of body-image—-it’s a seriously hazardous health problem. It’s no secret that obese people set themselves up for 35 health problems including heart disease and cancer. But, weight is a delicate topic to dive into with a patient. It’s not fat shaming someone if it’s a legitimate health concern. Unfortunately, some physicians are too “polite” to call their patients out on their heaviness.
2. “Phone us if you’re late!”
If you can’t make an appointment, cancel as soon as you can. There’s busy schedules and ther people waiting so it’s best to know whether you can move on to the next appointment or wait. It’s just a hassle for everyone.
3. “You don’t need prescription medicine for that.”
You don’t always need antibiotics for the flu or a cold. However, some people have this notion that every doctors visit should end with a prescription in hand.
4. “You won’t hurt my feelings if you aren’t taking your medication, but you might hurt yourself.”
31.3% of prescriptions never get filled, according to a Canadian study. The US surely is more than that considering the high costs associated with purchasing certain pharmaceuticals. But, seriously, if you don’t want to take your treatment then be honest about it. No need to feel embarrassed, we’re just here to help. If you stopped because of a side effect, fess up and we can choose an alternative treatment.
5. “Don’t make me guess all your symptoms.”
When you see a doctor, come prepared with all your symptoms and be ready to describe them. Making a doctor guess your problems is not going to help diagnose you.
6. “Kindly shower before coming in.”
When you’re not feeling well it may be hard to look amazing. However, it’s just distracting if a patient comes in that clearly hasn’t washed in a while. It’s understandable if you come straight from work or something. But, the most basic hygiene should be done.
7. “Tell the REAL concern first…don’t briefly mention it as you walk out of the office.”
For whatever reason some people come into a medical practice complaining about a hangnail when really you’ve been urinating blood—be honest and come in with the real issue right at the start of the visit. Otherwise, what’s the point of seeking medical attention? Sure you may be nervous and a little shy about telling the embarrassing ailment, but you’re not going to get better if you don’t just blatantly speak up.