(Closed) PLEASE VOTE: Medical Hx

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Are you honest with your doctor?
    100% Yes : (47 votes)
    90 %
    Sometimes..when it is important : (3 votes)
    6 %
    I lie about the "private" stuff (sexual partners, abortions, drug use, etc) : (2 votes)
    4 %
    Not at all : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    Member
    2392 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I tend to be very honest – but I’m one of those people who has no trouble talking about sexual history, digestive details, etc with anyone. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Please please please be 100% honest with your doctors!  There job is not to judge you or your past – it is to give you the best possible medical care.  They can only do that if they have all the information! 

    As for me, I inform my doctors of my ENTIRE medical history.  They can’t do their job without it.  Your medical history will guide treatment options.  If you have a history of IV drug abuse, as a medical professional, I will need to rule out different diseases than if you didn’t have that history.  Same with abortions, miscarriages, high risk sexual encounters, etc.

    Edit: You might not always realize when something is important to your health, so you might not think to provide the information.  As a very general example, if you develop a heart issue, it could be many things.  If you had a history of IV drug abuse, I would be more likely to think of a disease called right sided endocarditis.  If I didn’t know you had that history, confirming this diagnosis might take a lot longer to happen (and could really impact your outcome).

    Post # 5
    Member
    5655 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I’ve always been honest with my Doctors… even with my past (which is quite colorful)… Now I did work in the medical field here in the small city I work in and it was quite a concern of mine BUT I’ve always gave the info that was needed… Especially since they don’t usually ask THAT far back so my history tends to stay back there in my history. lol

    Post # 6
    Member
    88 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    For the most part, yes I am honest with my doctor.  I leave things out like my 2 month phase with ‘asthma’ about 10 years ago. If they ask me later, I’ll mention it. I’m not ashamed of it or anything but I just think that it was a minor thing.

    I even was honest with my doc about having unprotected sex (I was young and stupid) and therefore needing to be tested for STDs.  I couldn’t lie about it.  I had to be honest.

    They have hipa policies so they can’t tell anyone that you did so and so.

    I’m sure there are a lot of people have experimented with drugs and I’m sure there are people who have done things far worse.

    I for one want to be honest because they would know about potential drug interactions and if my past medical history is related to any problems I have now. 

    Honestly, who does it hurt by lying to the doctor.  It doesn’t hurt the doctor, it really hurts yourself. Sorry about being blunt about it.

     

    Post # 7
    Hostess
    18646 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    You need to be honest.  That is the only way for them to give you the best care.

    Post # 10
    Member
    2233 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Sexual history? Yes for the most part. My doctor is aware of my ‘interesting’ sexual history but not of the details. I’ve had some interesting experiences in the same office when one of the female doctors did my pap test. She made some very judgmental comments when I said I wanted an STD test.

    The only thing that I don’t disclose is that occasionally (2-3 times a year) I will have some wacky tobacky. 

    Post # 11
    Member
    7695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Agree that you need to be 100% honest. I didnt used to be but recently I have been, with both my OB/GYN and my primary care doctor. Everything from past medical history to drug and alcohol use. I dont leave anything out anymore!

    Post # 12
    Member
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    sexual history, abortions, and drug use should never, EVER be kept from your doctor. Major, important medical decisions hinge on that information.

    Post # 15
    Member
    2442 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    It is your health!  Be 100% honest.  You could end up receiving the wrong treatment if you are not honest.  Maybe with a rash you could try different fixes.  But if it is a serious illness you may not have that option.  You could end up making things worse, much worse.  

    Post # 16
    Member
    5548 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    @bestbuddies: Good! Any doctor who is worth their salt should be proffesional about anything. 

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