Post # 1
I’m 23 and I saw a gynecologist 1-2 years ago (I plan on going again soon) but I haven’t seen an ordinary GP in about 4 or 5 years. I may have seen one during college, but I don’t really remember. I haven’t been sick or had any obvious issues so I never thought to make an appointment.
Anyway I just made a GP appointment and I am freaking out, so worried that I have ovarian cancer (sometims i get bloated and even though i’m very thin my lower belly does stick out a tiny bit) and I’m just worried in general. It is a death wish to not see a doc for that long? A while ago I thought that it was OK that I hadn’t seen a doctor since I was seeing gynecologists every year.
Post # 3
You should probably go in for a physical and blood test just to get a baseline. It’ll be a lot more important to have that baseline as you go into your 30s so you can track how your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, etc change!
Post # 4
@crayfish: That’s what I’ve scheduled 🙂 Hopefully that will ease my nerves, but I’m just so afraid the doc will find something awful.
Post # 5
I didn’t have medical coverage for the first half of my 20’s so I never went but as soon as I got medical, i’ve gone every year for a checkup and a pap. Same with dental.
Post # 6
If you actually had ovarian cancer, you should see a OBGYN not a GP.
Post # 7
Don’t worry, I’m the same! I come from the kind of community where you only see a doctor if you’re dying and, even then, you usually just go to outpatients at the hospital. I went about 15 years without seeing an actual GP for a “check up” which most of my friends seem to think you’ll die without.
My friends got me all worked up thinking that I probably had cancer or diabetes or something that the doctor would diagnose me with – turns out I was perfectly healthy, just a little overweight (like I didn’t know!). So don’t worry about it – you don’t need a check-up to stay healthy, check-ups are just to make sure there’s nothing to worry about.
Post # 8
I haven’t gotten any bloodwork done for probably 10 years, but I’ve gone to a GP yearly for a physical and pap since I was 16. I’m hoping to get my baseline bloodwork done with my new GP that just accepted me as a patient.
I definitely think it’s a good idea to get a physical done yearly. That way, if you’ve had any small problems come up, you can bring them up at that time. Also, it’ll probably be easier for your GP to detect any changes that might not be good.
And don’t panic. Everything is probably fine. 🙂
Post # 9
If you haven’t seen a doc in 5 years why are out freaking out now? Freaking out now serves no purpose. Just go get a physical. Then repeat in a year. The risk you have ovarian cancer is probably really low. But youu really should get reglar exams. Not the end of the world that you slacked off for a few years, just go to the doc and get it over with.