The Lies Women Tell Their Doctors

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The Lies Women Tell Their Doctors
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Wed, 04-28-2010 - 10:44pm
A WebMD feature from Redbook magazine —

The Lies Women Tell Their Doctors



According to the article, these are the top 10 lies:



  â€¢ Of course I floss!

  â€¢ I've never had an STD

  â€¢ I'm not a big drinker

  â€¢ I'm monogamous

  â€¢ I watch what I eat and exercise

  â€¢ I don't smoke

  â€¢ I use sunscreen every day

  â€¢ I'm taking my medication the way you prescribed it

  â€¢ I'm not taking any medication

  â€¢ I always use birth control



It's true confession time. Have you ever told your doctor any of these things even though it wasn't completely true or accurate? If you have, what prompted it — embarrassment, protecting your privacy, an honest mistake, or something else?


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Thu, 04-29-2010 - 6:57am
No, none of those, but my doctor has been hounding me for some time to buy an ergonomic pillow, so that my neck and back are supported correctly. The last time I saw her, she asked if I had done so, and, well, I sort of intimiated that I had, because I was planning on doing so.

You didn't hear me say that, right? Anyway, I DO have one now, and the damn thing is fantastic. Sheesh!




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Thu, 04-29-2010 - 4:54pm
Wow!

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Thu, 04-29-2010 - 6:37pm
Was it guilt over intimating you already had an ergonomic pillow that prompted you to finally go out and actually get one?


Does the pillow allow freedom of movement, or is it designed for just one sleeping position? I move around a lot in bed (probably because I don't have an ergonomic pillow, lol) and I don't think I'd like being restricted to a single position.


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Thu, 04-29-2010 - 6:44pm

After all, I'm only hurting myself by lying.



That is a very good point, and something we all need to keep in mind when those "embarrassing" questions arise. Usually, the doctor is asking for a reason, not just to make us blush.



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Fri, 04-30-2010 - 8:13am
It was more that I woke with a very sore neck, and the beginning of spasms that led me to go and buy the pillow.

It does allow freedom of movement. I can lie on either side, or on my back, but not on my stomach, which is bad for my neck anyway. It is made of a high density foam that has a 'memory', or in other words, retains the shape my head has created in the pillow.

I bought it at a store that specialises in medical equipment. The woman there was very helpful, and more or less insisted I lie down on a bed that is in the store, and try out several different types. That helped immensely, because not only did I know right away if the pillow was comfortable, she could tell just by watching me.

You can see the type of pillow it is at the following link, although it isn't exactly like the one I bought. The idea is there, though.



http://www.dormezbien.fr/11-oreiller-ergonomique-a-memoire-de-forme.html&&p=leguide

That upper ridge goes under the neck, and the head nestles into the valley on the other side. I can't believe the difference it makes. Maybe you should try one. Hint, hint.

Oh guess what, Amazon has something very similar to it, too. And the text is in English. http://www.amazon.com/Deluxe-Contour-Pillow-Velour-Cervical/dp/B000V6MSCG/ref=sr_1_17?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1272629418&sr=1-17




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Fri, 04-30-2010 - 7:18pm
Okay, it's time for me to come clean, I suppose.


While I have never told my doctor an outright lie, one time I forgot to inform my dentist of an OTC medication I had taken, and another time I didn't correct my doctor on an incorrect assumption she made.


In the Sudafed episode, I called the dentist's office the next day and told them I'd forgotten about taking it a few hours before coming in for my visit, which had pushed my blood pressure into the "borderline high" range. No problem, they gave me a gentle reprimand and added the info to my chart.


The other time, my doctor was going down a checklist of things, sort of talking to herself, but I think I was supposed to jump in if she said something that wasn't right. She made this statement, all run together as one item: "...monogamous, no STDs, doesn't engage in anal sex..." I let it pass, even though one of those items is not true. I felt bad about it, and it distracted me the whole time I was there, but I simply could not bring myself to say, "Oh, by the way, can we go back to the anal sex thing..."


Luckily, my fib of omission did not have bad consequences. And now that I am older and wiser, I have learned not only to speak up in a situation like that, but even to volunteer such information so my doctor is fully informed.


bunsofclay

Community Leader of Women's Health