#10 Two Words: Dr. Google
If you go to your doctor’s office, don’t start out saying that you’ve already diagnosed the problem and want a “second opinion.” Doctors hate when you start becoming Dr. Google. Instead, address your symptoms, then see what they say. The same goes if you’ve been “diagnosed” by a family member. Doctors went through years of medical training to learn many things that aren’t on Google.
#9 When You Don’t Shower Before Appointments
Ladies, this is for you. OB/GYNs hate when you don’t shower before visiting their office. It’s a common courtesy but too many OB/GYNs complain about this pheonomenon online. Women should take a shower or bath before seeing their OB/GYN. Doing this will also give your doctor an idea of how your body is in its natural state.
#8 Trying to Get a Two-For-One Deal
Parents, you may be guilty of this. You bring in Child X, and decide that just “while you’re here,” you’ll have the doctor look at the other child. It’s a constraint on the doctor’s time, and also makes you look cheap. Plus, if you talk to the doctor’s receptionist beforehand about the other child, they will be able to accommodate you and may even give you a lower rate. The same goes for if you feel the need to say something like “Can you take a look at my friend/sister/brother/mother too?”
#7 Referencing “TV Doctors”
We all know that there are TV doctors out there, both in infomercials and on television, like Dr. Oz. The thing is, those doctors aren’t your doctors. Doctors hate when they’re told how to do their job, and they especially hate being told how a TV doctor would do it. If you must mention something a TV doctor said, state it, then ask your doctor’s opinion.
#6 Lying About Your Sexual Health and Lifestyle Habits
It’s time to fess up to your doctor. If you lie about your sexual habits, or about the fact you smoke, the information doesn’t protect you, and may even hurt you. Never keep your doctor in the dark about these topics. Avoiding a lecture about your habits may seem like a great idea, but it could backfire if you’re engaging in unsafe practices.
#5 Incorrect or Missing Prescription Information
I get it, we’re all busy and sometimes we can’t remember things, but you need to remember your prescriptions. If you can’t tell your doctor what you’re taking, then he may prescribe something that could counteract with your existing medications. Be sure you bring a print-out or even your empty prescription bottles. Don’t just describe your pills as “that little red one” or “the white one” because there are thousands of pills that match those vague descriptions.
#4 Hitting the Doctor Up for Anxiety Meds
Doctors see this all the time. People want anxiety medication, such as Xanax, so they visit the doctor and talk about how they’re anxious. Anxiety is a very real thing and nothing to make light of, so you should approach this carefully, if you really are anxious. You should talk to your doctor about why you’re anxious, what you’re doing to counteract that, and see if you can get on a plan for working on your anxiety. Some doctors are hesitant to give pills right away and will suggest a new course of action. Stay open-minded and consider their advice. If it doesn’t work, then you can naturally move to pills.
#3 When You Omit Information
Some things you have to tell your doctor, even if they may seem embarassed or “you don’t want to cause a fuss.” Women, you’re often guilty of this, as many women feel bad about talking about chest pain or sexual discomfort. Never omit information about how you’re feeling to your doctor, especially if something is affecting your day-to-day life.
#2 Repeatedly Asking for Antibiotics
It may seem weird, but doctors really do hate when you do this. Sometimes the best course of action isn’t antibiotics, but patients will often just say “I’ve used antibiotics before. Give me those.” You may be diagnosing yourself with something you only think that antibiotics will cure. Listen to the doctor’s opinion after sharing your symptoms and don’t badger them for antibitotics.
#1 Doctor Shopping
We use the term “doctor shopping” to apply to people who go from doctor to doctor looking for narcotic prescriptions, however, it can be applicable to those who go doctors for second, third, or even fourth opinions. If the same thing has been said to you by multiple doctors, chances are that they’re right, and if you start out saying “I’m here for a second opinion” (unless sent by a physician precisely for that reason), you’ll be starting off on the wrong foot. You may also look like you’re just trying to score extra medications, even if you aren’t.