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Advice From a Dr. in another forum
« on: March 24, 2014, 09:54:22 PM »
I thought I would share this from a Dr involved in another forum I post in.
 I like it because it is clear that we always question whether doctors missed something.  He makes it clear if something is wrong, it is not that hard to detect, and medicine is very logical...not a finger in the air type of thing (which I myself always think).  I paraphrased...but like the final line.  I can't count how many symptoms have led me to flying unicorns (makes more sense later)

"Please, please please, trust me when I say this to you as I have instructed many student doctors on this....when there is a true pathologic difference in ANYTHING, we do not have to squint our eyes and examine and reexamine. It is quite obvious and comes with a whole plethora of other symptoms and complaints. Unless you are very familiar with anatomy, you are not in a position to question the little symptoms because likely they are quite normal. Medicine is quite logical and the bad stuff, it follows a pattern. So in this instance before you panic as to whether or not a symptom is something awful, please remember:

When you hear hoofbeats, you should always assume horses first. Never expect zebras or worse yet, flying unicorns.
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Re: Advice From a Dr. in another forum
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2014, 12:12:37 PM »
I would like to agree and take reassurance. However, my observations tell me otherwise.

My father had gastrointestinal symptoms, and years of routine colonoscopies, by one particular gastroenterologist.  He moved out of state, after retirement. He went to a different doctor, for his routine colonoscopy, and it was discovered he had stage 4 colon cancer.  The first doctor did not inspect the whole length of the colon, and was missing my dad's growing tumor, right where the small intestine joins the large intestine. Guess he didn't need his gall bladder removed, after all.

My mother had years and years of knee pain, tests, and scans, including x-rays and MRI's.  She even went to a specialist at a renown university hospital.  Recently, she went to a new knee specialist, who opened a practice nearby.  They found multiple bone spurs, one of which was two inches long! Now, how in the world do you miss that?

I've heard it said, out of the mouth of doctors, "We call it the practice of medicine, because we practice medicine".

Whether we like it, or not, doctors and the practice of medicine is not certain. At the core of health anxiety is, ultimately, the fear of uncertainty.  If we can accept uncertainty, I believe we can overcome health anxiety.
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