If you are experiencing some symptoms, you may be wondering whether you have a certain condition. After performing a physical exam and some imaging tests and listening to what you have to say, a doctor can inform you of what’s going on. Since it is possible for a doctor to misdiagnose you, we recommend you take the following steps to reduce the risk of this happening.

1. Provide Your Doctor with Facts

From the moment you start noticing symptoms, it’s a good idea to start a journal. Use the journal to jot down what you’re eating each day, any weight gain or loss, changes in sleeping habits, and when and where you are experiencing the symptoms. Providing your doctor with documented facts can help them come to a quicker, more accurate diagnosis.

2. Be Honest

Unfortunately, it’s common for some patients to either leave out important details regarding their symptoms or condition or exaggerate the truth. False information won’t help a doctor so it’s important to be honest whenever you are speaking to them. For example, don’t say that your back has been killing you if you only experience minor pain every once in a while.

3. Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor questions. If you did some of your own research and suspect a certain condition, find out whether it could be a possibility. Remember that doctors have heard it all and there is no such thing as a stupid question. Ask as many questions as you’d like and get your doctor’s honest opinion as much as necessary.

4. Listen to Your Doctor

Your doctor is the medical expert so it’s important to carefully listen to everything they tell you about your symptoms and/or condition. If you believe you have a certain condition, find out your doctor’s perspective on why you may or may not have it. Be open minded and don’t ignore their opinions and feedback.

5. Get a Second Opinion

Even if your doctor seems like they are smart and know exactly what they are talking about, it’s well worth your time to get a second opinion. Seeking a second opinion can help you avoid misdiagnosis and get someone else’s professional thoughts on your diagnosis and a recommended treatment plan.

Contact SpineRad for More Information

At Spinerad, we are committed to giving patients the second opinions and education they deserve. If you need a further information, we encourage you to contact us today.