what should I ask my doctor?
June 11, 2011 2:08 PM Subscribe
What should I use my Doctor's Appointment to talk about? It seems like all my problems have gotten better between when I scheduled it (three weeks ago) and today. The appointment is on Monday. Look inside to see some of my ailments and tell me if you think I should bring any/all of them up to my Doctor.
Note: if I can't come up with a good reason, I'll cancel the appointment because I only am allowed a few a year by my "insurance" :$
posted by rebent to health & fitness (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
- I made the appointment because i had terrible wrist pain after spending a day typing like a demon. I've had keyboard wrists for a while now - too much typing or mousing and they feel really painful. However, my new job requires less computer usage, so it hasn't really been bothering me. What can a doctor say besides "Stop using the computer so much"?
- Another thing: Last Wednesday, I decided to go jogging. At first, my heel and ankle hurt like hell when it rolled, but then it felt fine after I had been running a bit. Later that night, I couldn't put any pressure on it at all. The next day, it was a little sore but it feels fine now. I just figure I need to run more to build up foot muscles, but could I have damaged it some how?
- I've got back pain, but I think that's from sitting like a troll all day. I don't think I need a doctor to tell me to sit up straighter. I know the exercises I'm supposed to do to strengthen my back muscles, but I don't tend to do them. as a result, I have a hard time bending over, especially in the morning. But, what's a doctor going to tell me that I don't already know about that?
- Related to that, I've been thinking about taking up martial arts, and I worry that somehow my wrist pain would be exasperated by that. Is that worth going to the doctors for?
- Also, there are cysts in my body that can cause pain if pressured - on my back, in my wrists, etc. Is there any reason to have him poke them? Would their existence affect my ability to participate in martial arts at all?
- I also have been having really terrible allergies that were driving me mad, but I think I almost completely solved by getting an over-the-counter saline squeeze-bottle.
- I don't know, but I think I still have asthma, and have been denying it to myself since high school. Can my doctor do anything besides refer me to an even more expensive doctor? Are there non-drug remedies I can try before bothering my Doctor about it?
- I've heard that my low-thyroid is caused by an autoimmunity which will eventually give me cancer. I'm scared that if I say anything about this to my doctor, it might be opening a whole can of worms and that if I needed to know about it, he would have told me, because it's baloney anyway.
- (WARNING: TMI!) My butt bleeds when I use the toilet paper on campus because it is terrible. I don't know if I should be worried about this, or if should just try to poop less on campus.
- Also, I've been thinking about getting a Vasectomy because, why the heck not? Is there anything my doctor can tell me about this that I couldn't just learn on my own?
So, please help me decide if I should take any of this to my doctor, or try to cancel the appointment and save it for flu season.