Have you ever lied to your doctor? Probably yes. Most people shade the facts somewhat when talking to their doctors, usually out of shame. You know you don’t work out as much as you should, and you know you drink more alcohol than you should. But you’re ashamed to admit it, so you lie. You might think that’s harmless, but it’s always a good idea to tell your doctor the truth, however uncomfortable it might be. No doctor will be shocked or surprised, because they’ve usually heard it all before. They won’t judge you, and they need to know these things in order to be able to help you properly. Here are the top 9 things people lie about to their doctors – and why you better shouldn’t.
#1 Mental Health
There’s a lot of stigma surrounding mental health problems, and that’s why people keep quiet about them. But your doctor won’t judge or stigmatize you. Talk about your problems, however unimportant they might seem to you. They’re not. Think it’s not a real problem? It probably is. See your doctor, even if you’re not sure. That’s what you’d do with a physical issue!
#2 Your Last Period
If there’s anything unusual about your period, it might be a sign that something’s wrong. Your doctor needs to know about it. Is your period painful or unusual? If it’s normally irregular, is it more irregular than before? Is it late or early? Tell your doctor! It might be nothing, it could be a sign of related things like pregnancy or menopause, or it could be related to something totally different, like stress or nutrient deficiency.
Every medication you take, even vitamins, can have an impact on your health, so be honest with them. Side effects of common over-the-counter medications can be as severe as heart attacks or strokes, so be sure to not forget anything when your doctor asks you which meds you take. If you don’t take a prescribed drug for whatever reason, your doctor needs to know that as well.
#4 Smoking Habits
More than 1 in 10 people lied to their doctors about their smoking habits, according to a study published in 2013. Again, your doctor won’t judge you, and you’re probably only one in many smokers among their patients. If your doctor doesn’t know you’re smoking, they might prescribe you a medication that’s dangerous in combination with tobacco. And if you’re sick, they need to be able to rule out possible causes.
#5 Your Pooping Schedule
Yes, it’s not the best conversation topic. But it is an important part of your gut health, so be open about it with your doctor. They can deduce much from the color, texture, and regularity of your poop. So don’t be embarrassed, and be sure to pay attention when you use the restroom. Remember, your doctor has heard worse things.
#6 Recreational Drug Use
It’s important to know that your doctor can’t report you for illegal drug use in most cases, because of doctor-patient confidentiality. Always be honest about your drug use, legal or illegal, even if it’s just once in a while or a long time ago. It might still have effects on your health.
#7 Your Health Habits
Most of the time, your doctor can see if you’re being honest about your eating and exercising habits. After all, they examine your body and know what it should look like if you were really keeping to the healthy habits you say you are. If you want to live healthier, but somehow can’t do it, your doctor can help you. Wrong information can also lead your doctor to prescribing you medications you don’t need, or even not prescribing those you do need.
#8 Your Alcohol Consumption
Doctors know that most patients say they only drink half as much as they actually do. Most people lie about this, but it’s really important that you don’t. Lie about drinking, and you can do serious harm to your body. Your doctor needs to get a good idea of everything that affects your health, because the body is a complex system.
#9 Your Sex Life
Tell your doctor if you’re sexually active, and if you’re using any form of birth control or protection. STIs can only be treated if your doctor knows about them. It’s not fun to talk about these things, but believe me, having a problem get worse and worse because you keep it to yourself is even less fun! Your doctor can also help if something in your sex life is not like it should be, like painful sex or loss of sex drive. Don’t be shy!
Trust Your Doctor!
It’s never worth it to lie to your doctor. Do yourself a favor and be honest. Be as accurate as you can be when answering questions. This ensures that your doctor can take care of you in the best way possible. Share this post with your friends!