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Old 07-29-2010, 08:59 PM
Location: Pa
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I know, I know we all need them. They are important. But honestly I don't care for them.

Have a seat on the table.-Me- Must I? The paper always crinkles..Fine.

Your overweight -Me-Really I was wondering why the size 2 didn't fit.

When is the last time you were sexually active?-Me-Really do you have to demean me too. Let's put it this way I'm a virgin again. Now I need a shrink.

Do you smoke?-Me-Apparently not, did ya hear my breath when you told me to breath in and out, like a weirdo?

Do you drink? -Me- Yes I want one! Oh you meant how often? Well my last AA meeting went well...I'm kidding...gawd no sense of humor.

Do you wear contacts?-Me- What is that suppose to mean? My eyes aren't red.....oh yes my sight is good.

Lay on your back.-Me- You have better be buying me a drink.

Do you do annual breast exams?-Me- On who? I'm straight...yes I do them ON myself.

Let's check your eyes.-Me- Now that I see spots from your flash light...want me to read the Eye chart? No sense of humor I see.
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Old 12-26-2010, 08:19 AM
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I'm with you on this one....hate going to doctors.
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Old 12-26-2010, 07:11 PM
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I have had a bad phobia with going to the docs and docs in general for close to 15 years...havent gone...except when i had a bad weightlifting accident i lost an eye and got a blood clot in the brain when 765lbs fell on my face...and i told the docs this is a good way to get over my doc phobia...well guess what...that was 3 years ago, and i didnt get over the phobia.
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Old 12-28-2010, 06:52 PM
Location: Missouri
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I don't like them either, but it helps a lot if you find a doctor with a good personality.
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Old 12-28-2010, 09:18 PM
Location: In a house
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It sounds more like you don't understand the point of them, or perhaps you just have a really snide attitude toward them. If the doctors sense your attitude, I wouldn't be surprised if they give you less than stellar bedside manners.

Try a different approach next time:

Have a seat on the table: You went to get a physical. That means, the doctor is expecting to examine your body. That requires that you be on an examining table. Accept this and sit down, or walk out.

You're overweight: Let the doctor know if you are experiencing any symptoms of illnesses associated with excessive weight, OR let him know that you have poor eating habits, or that you haven't been getting as much exercise as you probably need..IF none of the above apply, let him know that too - he might want to order some tests to find out WHY you are overweight. If could be a symptom of a glandular problem, which can be corrected - IF you lose the 'tude and communicate.

When is the last time you were sexually active? Translation: I need to know if you might be pregnant, if you might have been exposed to an STD since the last time I asked you this question, or if you are at some other risk of reproductive illness. Answer the question. That's what you're there for.

Do you smoke? Because, if you don't, and there's something irregular with your lungs, then we'll want to get that checked ASAP. If you do, and he's hearing a bit of wheeziness, then recommending that you cut down/quit might just solve the problem entirely.

Do you drink? Because alcohol can mix badly with any medications you might be taking, so we want to know not only if you do drink, but how frequently.

Do you wear contacts? There are risks associated with contact lenses. There are also reasons why someone should -not- wear contact lenses. It's also important to have this on your medical charts, in case you develop glaucoma. Because then, they will need to know, to tell you to stop wearing those contact lenses.

Lay on your back. You're there for a physical. The doctor needs to check your lymph nodes, and feel for organ displacement in your abdomen. That requires that you lay on your back. So - just do it.

Do you do annual breast exams? You must've heard that wrong. You should be doing MONTHLY breast self-exams, and yearly mammograms if you're over 40 or are an at-risk patient with a history of breast cancer in your family. If you don't, then he is obligated to recommend that you start, and refer you to a mammography center. He's not your gynecologist, so he doesn't know, unless you tell him.

Let's check your eyes. Looking for potential damage is part of a physical.
He'll also want to stick a wooden stick on your tongue, making you gag. And he will hopefully also stick a rubber thing up your nose, and other rubber things in your ears. It's not the most pleasant thing in the world, but if you go in there with the attitude that you went to him, to make sure you are in tip-top shape..then he will probably make every effort to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Maybe he'll even attempt to crack a joke with you.

But not if you go in there with the mindset that you're doing him a favor by gracing him with your existence.
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Old 12-30-2010, 10:20 AM
Location: Between Philadelphia and Allentown, PA
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LOL I had to laugh at this, I've never been asked about several of those things when I go for physicals. I only go about every three years though, it's the same thing. Check my BP, yeah I'm a little overweight (healthy as I put it LOL) but my doctor who I've seen for years never bugs me about anything. It's true, I am super healthy. My BP is consistently excellent, I do exercise and did lose about 60 lbs but even before then, I've never had any serious ailments or had to take long term or maintenance drugs.

I never get asked about drinking, never get asked about smoking because it's all in my record and since I only drink occasionally and recreationally, they just dont ask anymore and since I've never smoked, they never ask. I have eye exams about every two years so I leave that portion of the exam to the specialist who knows what he's looking for.

I work for doctors and have for many years. I have an excellent relationship with my own private doctor and they know my habits, my health history, etc.. enough so that when I do occasionally come down with something like a sinus infection or upper respiratory infection, I simply only need to call them and they prescribe what I need. My illness' are like clockwork. December and February LOL Has been like that for years.

I can see how people get irritated with the visit to the doctor but I do believe that having a great relationship with your doctor really makes it more than tolerable.
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Old 12-30-2010, 10:28 AM
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I hate them too.....Had a hysterectomy at 26 (due to overexaggeration of DR about hpv). Been monogamous for 20 + years, vegan, lower side of bp, perfect active health, and a record of perfect checkups, never even knew anyone w/ cancer. Now guidelines say a "visual" is required so, the Doc says "since you're here....." I really trust myself to what is off, since I know "me" better than anyone else. Damn if they didn't hold my hormones hostage, I would only go every couple of years.
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