Secrets I Bet You Keep from Your Doctor

Introduction:Oh, you know we all do it - keep secrets from our doctors; some secrets are on a higher magnitude than others. Of course, keeping secrets from your doctor makes absolutely NO sense as they're just trying to help us keep our health under control and they need all the information they can get to perform this daunting task. The below are the top five secrets I bet you've kept from your doctor at one time or other.

  • 01

    Amount of Alcohol or Illegal Drugs Consumed

    It's vitally important that you be honest with your doctor about the amount of alcohol or illegal drugs consumed on a daily basis.

    Alcohol and pills don't always mix and there's a big difference between a glass of red wine with dinner and a full bottle. Especially if you're on antidepressants, it's very important to fess up to your doctor about the number of alcoholic beverages you drink in a day.

    As to illegal drugs, your doctor is not there to judge you. Tell him or her about any illegal drugs you might take or have taken in the past.

  • 02

    Finishing an Antibiotic

    I'm not 100% sure about you but I know I've been guilty of not finishing an antibiotic prescription in the past. I don't do it on purpose but, well, I was feeling ok so why not quit? That's not how antibiotics work and, in fact, you'll do more harm than good by stashing 1/2 of that prescription for your next bout of strep throat. Your body can easily become resistant to antibiotics if you use them too often and, even though you might be feeling better, there might be a residual amount of bacteria still in your systems which needs to be wiped out.

    Always finish antibiotic prescriptions. Always.

  • 03

    Using a Fad Diet

    Ever done a colon cleanse and then felt badly? Or, how about that strictly grapefruit diet you tried that made you sick? Tell your doctor about anything extreme you've done dietwise so that he or she can check the appropriate blood work if you're not feeling well. A lot of the diets on TV are not approved by the FDA and have not had proven results anyway.

    As a rule of thumb, lose weight by taking in less calories than you burn. Forget the fad diets. They never work.

  • 04

    Your Sexual History

    Particularly when you were young, I'll bet you lied just a wee bit about how many sexual partners you had. Come on, admit it. Ok, I know there are some of you who may not have lied about your sexual history (and probably never lied to a doctor period) and I admire that, but I'm not sure you're the norm.

    Especially in today's world where sexually transmitted diseases run rampant, it's vitally important to be honest with your doctor about your sexual encounters. He or she might order up a test for various STDs to make sure you're healthy. And, there are various cancers that are preventable with early detection of STDs, such as cervical cancer which is directly related to Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) or genital warts.

    And, remember, even though someone shows you paperwork that they're clear of STDs, that paperwork is really only good until their next sexual encounter. Don't be taken in by sweet talk. Using protection EVERY time is really your only defense against sexually transmitted diseases. Well, or abstinence...

  • 05

    Made Another Appointment With a Different Doctor

    If you want a second opinion about information told to you by your physician, by all means ask for the name of a referral. Your doctor will not be upset that you're seeking a second opinion and, if he or she is, find another doctor.

    If you did see another doctor, make sure to take the report to your primary physician for a consult. Two heads are better than one.




Final Thoughts

You're paying your physician to keep you healthy so lying to him or her is going against the flow. Fess up and stay healthy.


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  • pamperedpen 3/9/2012 Flag This Comment

    Great list of secrets you keep from your doctor. H5

  • tracysmith159 12/22/2011 Flag This Comment

    Hemorrhoids. who wants to talk about that. However untreated they can get out of hand as well.

  • MBBerry 6/25/2011 Flag This Comment

    I can honestly say I haven't lied about any of these things but, I would if I felt the need!

  • penelope7 3/22/2011 Flag This Comment

    When I was a smoker, I lied all the time. Told the Doc I smoked one or two squares in a day.... The Doc was on to me though, telling me that a good way to quit smoking is to keep on smoking. The roof finally fell on my head. That made so much sense. Great list! H5

  • cuteordeath 3/11/2011 Flag This Comment

    I've been very lucky to have doctors who I felt comfortable enough to be 100% honest with. It's my own health that would suffer if I lie, after all!

  • UponRequest 3/10/2011 Flag This Comment

    I agree with the list -- but I've also been told by more than one MD that they tend to "adjust" diagnoses and prescriptions based on what we may not be telling them. High5

  • clewand550 3/9/2011 Flag This Comment

    Nice list. Some of them being true.

  • workhomeunion 3/9/2011 Flag This Comment

    Alcohol and sex history are tops on the list of things we keep from the doctor. Hi5.

  • ListingToTheLeft 3/9/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great list! This is something lots of people don't talk about it.

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