Post # 1
I have always lied about my past medical Hx and other information to my past doctors. Mostly because my only doctor (gyn) I have had as an adult…my mother is the administrative assistant. Now that we have moved and I will be getting a new doctor and starting fresh I am thinking of being more honest. But I am having a problem on deciding what I should/should not be honest about (I have a stetchy past that I am not proud of).
So, I am curious on what you ladies do. Are you honest with your doctor? I would love if you could post details like what you keep to yourself and what you tell your doctor.
Post # 3
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
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
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
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 Save-The-Date Cards. 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
You need to be honest. That is the only way for them to give you the best care.
Post # 8
Thanks for the feedback so far ladies!
@EvaBostonTerrier: good point. I always thought that my drug abuse hx does not really matter. But with your example I see how it might. I guess I am just extremly embarassed about some of past lifestyle choices. To have it all on one piece of paper is pretty drastic. Plus a lot of it is emotional for me so I am afraid they will mention it or want to discuss it and I will just start balling like a baby (I cry very easily). I get emotional at the doctor anyway. I usually cry when I leave even if nothing went wrong. It is VERY difficult for me to discuss any health issues with anyone..especially a stranger. I have always thought it would be so much easier to just lie….sounds pretty stupid I guess.
@runsyellowlites: I also work “in the medical field”. I am not a physician or nurse but I work as a programmer for electronic medical records so my co workers could very easily look up my stuff but they would also be fired. I am not sure why anyone would look up my info…I would never look up anyones. But i do fear this….
Post # 9
@BlueDolphin: your comment was not blunt. It was honest and I asked for honest answers. I appreciate you sharing. Thanks
Post # 10
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
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
sexual history, abortions, and drug use should never, EVER be kept from your doctor. Major, important medical decisions hinge on that information.
Post # 13
Thanks for sharing ladies! you have pursuded me to be honest on my visits with my new doctor. 🙂
Post # 14
my dr apt is tomorrow. I am seriously nervous. I have never told a doctor all of this. I have this fear that I will start crying or she will laugh at me or something. Why am I so scared of doctors? I have a list of everything I want to talk to her about and all the pre-visit paper work filled out! I am ready to go! Wish me luck!
Post # 15
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
@bestbuddies: Good! Any doctor who is worth their salt should be proffesional about anything.