It's been awhile since anyone posted to this thread, but I'm going to anyways.
I say trust your Dr. about as far as you can throw them.
Generally speaking, doctors are good intentioned, but that doesn't mean they can't hurt you too.
I would encourage everyone to ALWAYS research any medication a doctor wants to prescribe. Don't just assume they are all knowing and can't get it wrong or give you something that can have life-long consequences. In particular, pay attention to any pain medication and/or tranquilizer type medicines. These can, and in many cases will, cause terrible dependency issues later.
Lastly, if you feel you aren't getting the care you want/need - then get a second opinion. That's pretty standard and generally accepted by any doctor as a rational approach to your own care.
Let's face it, there are good and not so good in everything including physicians but to make a blanket statement like "I say trust your Dr. about as far as you can throw them."
promotes distrust, fear mongering and feeds the dragon. Certainly it's prudent to question medications depending on what they are but I see WAY too many people not take a medication because of reading the possible
side effects. Even those that are afraid to take an antibiotic for an infection which is not only irrational but can be very detrimental.
One of the main symptoms of HA is mistrust of medical professionals, test results and fear of meds. To post something that basically encourages that is not prudent.
As far as a second opinion? Indeed, when it comes to a real diagnosis
of a serious illness such as cancer or heart disease, it's wise to get a 2nd opinion. When I was diagnosed with Stage IV H&N cancer, I got a 2nd opinion from Johns Hopkins (the best H&N center in the country) and ended up getting treated there. That being said, to get a second opinion after being given the all clear
for some of the illnesses posted about here (Cancers...MS...ALS... and the other rare illnesses etc.) is a waste of time, money and takes away resources from those that may actually need help.
If a doctor has done their due diligence in accessing a situation (which most all do), then you should learn to trust the doctor and the diagnosis. The key is to stop chasing a diagnosis and treat the real illness which is anxiety.