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Old Yesterday, 12:44 PM
 
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My sister never went to the Dr either and never had a mammogram. She felt fine and looked healthy. She died of metastatic breast cancer at age 58.
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Old Yesterday, 12:50 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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And most providers would encourage lifestyle changes first before medication unless you had a serious condition or illness that needed medication to control or get rid of it. Even in those cases, they'd encourage your healthy life style to help mitigate those conditions.

This is true despite the claims of the medical establishment naysayers that its all about more and more meds, visits, tests, and so on. Always makes me wonder how they are so sure about this when they never go to doctors..
My experience too. I've never had a GP default to ordering prescriptions first for some manageable health condition. Advice, lifestyle/diet first, monitor over time. Never understood why some people consider a GP an adversary. They aren't. But, some people also consider anyone other than themselves a threat. Isn't there a term for that?

The BOLD is on the level of gossip.
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Old Yesterday, 01:01 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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My sister never went to the Dr either and never had a mammogram. She felt fine and looked healthy. She died of metastatic breast cancer at age 58.
My Dad lost his vision to glaucoma. A detectable, controllable condition that has no symptoms in its early stages. If he'd gotten his eyes checked periodically even at some shopping mall optometrist he might have prevented that. But no, couldn't tell him anything. All MDs were out to get his money. However, he sure screamed bloody murder when all the money in the world couldn't reverse the damage or restore his eyesight!
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Old Yesterday, 02:02 PM
 
Location: equator
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Many health problems have no symptoms.
Colon polyps

Enlarged heart

Fatty liver

Skin cancer

Off-the-charts high cholesterol (can be a family condition)

OTOH, if you have a kidney stone, you'll know it for sure!
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Old Yesterday, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I meet a lot of people like the op.

Usually have lots of bad news to give them, too.

Op, it's one appointment a year and a couple hours out of your life.

Also, everyone should just know their basic stats so they know when things are going awry.

I'm not saying obsessively check your blood pressure (in fact, please don't).
But checking every month or so, knowing what your resting heart rate is, etc...I mean, this is basic stuff here.
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Old Yesterday, 03:27 PM
 
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Go. My husband never had symptoms, refused to go to the doctor. I finally got him to go to the dentist. They discovered he has high blood pressure and wouldn’t work on him. So he went to the doctor.... he has Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. He’s lucky he didn’t drop dead from everything.

Go....
Oh since that you mention the dentist, I forgot to add that I do go the dentist once a year. But that is more because I wore braces when I was younger and spent so much time there that the habit of going to the dentist remained forever.
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Old Yesterday, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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The doctor can tell you that the mole on your arm is a melanoma, or that the lump is a cancer, etc. None of that can be treated at home.
This is true ... AND the doctor can also tell you the mole is nothing to be concerned about, nor is the lump. You don't have colon cancer, and you don't have diabetes or whatever else keeps you up at night worrying.

Peace of mind is worth an annual trip to the doctor and some prevention screenings every few years.
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Old Yesterday, 05:20 PM
 
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I didn't read the whole 6 pages but most insurance covers screening test for free (may be age requirements for some things).
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Old Yesterday, 07:20 PM
 
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OP: Mortality rates of hospitals are super high (a leading cause of death).

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Continue with your healthy lifestyle and avoid doctors and hospitals at all costs.

P.S. Mainstream opinions are drone-like, group-think - don't let people spreading negativity influence your HEALTH.
Mortality rates of hospitals are super high (a leading cause of death)???

What does that even mean???

Mortality is a cause of death?? That line makes ZERO sense

The sickest of the sick, the only ones IN hospitals these days are more likely to die???? Gee, that's surprising


Did someone recommend the OP check himself into a hospital??? Never read the OP asking about hospitalization or anyone suggesting it...


PPS: Contrarian or minority views on issues that really aren't that controversial such as the wisdom of annual routine physicals for a 40 year old are in the minority for a reason.....they fly in the face of reason and ignore overwhelming evidence which supports the "mainstream opinions"

In other words, the minority opinions should be ignored at all costs unless the OP is just here for the purpose of confirmation bias.....
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Old Yesterday, 07:40 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Nothing painful for a health workup other than getting your blood taken and that is no big deal.
It is a very smart idea to get a physical at this point. It is also smart to get a primary care doc so if you do have a problem they have your records. Generally you need a primary doctor for getting referrals for specialists as well.
As far as I can see there is no downside to getting a health work up now, and a huge one if you don't.
This!
When I first moved to a new city I set up a primary care doctor, and then for the next seven years or so never went because I had no problems. However when I finally did have a problem (bronchitis and an ear infection) I discovered I was no longer considered a patient and wound up having to go to urgent care $$ for something fairly routine and simple. Now I make sure to go to the doctor at least once a year just to keep myself in the system in case I need it in the future.
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