The older we get the more we think we know what is going on when were sick and not feeling well. It is very important to know when it is time to make that visit to your doctors office. It is good to know how to take care of yourself but there is some things that if let go to long it could be too late. Over the counter drugs may not be the right decision. Recently, studies showed that some over-the-counter drugs are causing serious side effects. Your doctor can help you to find which over-the-counter, or medications to help you stay well.
When you do break down and make that appointment or go to the emergency room for care you need to be able to work with the doctor. Your doctor needs to know what youve already taken at home for the problem so he doesnt give something that will counteract to your home remedy.
Tell your doctor about all your past history of illness. He needs to know what immunization shots you have had and what treatments youve had in the past. If you cant remember, keep records and dates handy. Knowing about your family health is important as well. Some illness run in the family and the doctor needs to have an idea what to look for when he makes his diagnosis. Always keep a list of current medications your taking including the over the counter drugs.
When you go to see your doctor write down questions you may have. Ask him to explain. Always ask questions if he says or does things and your not sure, what they are for. Remember a question not asked is a stupid one. Tell him if you are already taking a drug and you dont feel like it is helping. If you dont agree with what your doctor is saying always feel free to get a second opinion.
Routine check ups are very important to a healthy you. Having routine checks may not seem important but there could be something going on and maybe your doctor can catch it in time before it progresses too far. Make sure you get your flu and pneumonia shots every year as recommended. The shots may not stop you from getting the flu but it can lessen it so you wont be so sick. Get out to help that depression, which sets in on older people faster than others do. Maybe take some classes on diet and exercise. There you will learn and meet new people. The activities will be good for all. If you dont want to take, classes try a support group to meet people.
Most importantly, dont take your health into your own hands. I know with the high cost of medications and healthcare it prevents us from receiving the care we need. Still, you will find resources available to help you get that care.
One little thing like a sore throat that wont go away could be a serious problem and it is very risky in the end. So, dont just keep trying to treat it yourself. This is what doctors are all about.
See your doctor especially if youre experiencing a squeezing in the chest, having severe pain, your vision is blurred. Trouble talking and swallowing, feeling weak on one side or the other, dizzy or confused, your doctor may find something more serious than you think it is. In addition, if you notice blood in your urine or stool, depression set in for any length of time and a fever lasts longer than it should, you should see your doctor. Remember taking your health into your own hands increases your risk of uncommon aging.