If I am not sick, why go to the doctor?
May 8, 2011 7:51 PM Subscribe
What should I ask at a medical check up?
posted by wandering_not_lost to health & fitness (19 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I am one of those people who only goes to the doctor when I am sick. I have health insurance, so it is not a matter of cost. I hate going to the doctor and I just don't see the reason. I had a "check up" about 10 years ago and I didn't see the use in it. I have seen the doctor since then for minor illness, a hysterectomy and a major operation on my knee (realignment of the knee cap).
Perhaps I might see the use if I had something to ask the doctor. I don't have any physical problems. I do have high blood pressure, which is under control. The only thing I am actually interested in is seeing a dermatologist to check my skin for cancer. I cannot see the dermatologist until I see my gp. So I made a appointment to see the gp. AND the only reason why I want to see the dermatologist is because my husband is bugging me, not because I think I have skin cancer.
Prior to my appointment I had a blood panel done. It was all very good. So now I am really thinking of cancelling the appointment.
I am 53 and other than childhood physicals, I have had only two physicals in my life. I am normal weight with no physical problems.
(I do go to the dentist for check ups, since that actually seems to do something.)
So you healthy folks who do go for check ups, why do you? What do you ask? What should I ask? I don't think check ups keep one healthy, am I wrong, do they?