5 things doctors don't want you to do
Dr. Cynara Coomer weighs in
- Duration 4:13
- Date Mar 3, 2012
Dr. Cynara Coomer weighs in
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I did some unusual doctors orders they've compiled a new list of things you as a patient should stop doing here to break it down for us.
Doctor some are coomer from -- medical eighteen good to see a doctor.
Is don't believe everything you read I am guilty because when I have symptoms I check out the Internet I go straight to Google and typically.
Diagnose myself and my kids on WebMD bad idea.
That I did I should not so much that I did because it's good to be well informed but like I -- my breast cancer patients like until -- -- when she was diagnosed breast cancer.
The Internet is really -- -- -- very careful about.
It's great for being well informed there are some really great web sites -- MD Anderson's the Mayo clinic's WebMD effects also very good website.
But some of the chat rooms and blogging sites can really lead to some misinformation.
Not to mention the fact that things may sound like they pertain to you but -- and not don't necessarily pertain to him which he's gonna end up with a lot of anxiety generally need to have.
I needed anxiety that -- -- the symptom checker on WebMD is genius I don't keep secrets from your doctor so.
When they ask do you drink you smoke these are questions this is not time to -- why have very important to -- -- -- -- -- all you medications in the -- taking herbal supplements you're afraid that maybe they don't believe in alternative treatments it doesn't matter still tell them.
In addition to that we're not the DEA or not -- report it's the DA we need to know about your cute if you're using any recreational drugs as well as a that's important because -- maybe pertaining to the illness that you're having it may worsen some of the symptoms that may also affect some of the medications you're taking.
If you're also going to go under surgery and you're going to have general anesthesia it's.
Very important event and come clean the doctor patient relationship protects you thought they're gonna -- -- -- -- the police actually it's a very confidential relations OK number three assuming that over the counter -- safe people walk into Walgreens and just.
By that stuff -- figure why can't do any harm here I bought this at wal -- not true.
Well it is safe if you're using it as the FDA is recommended using it -- -- -- wreck and the dosage recommendations on the on the on the cartons.
Then it's safe if he is at the same frequency that they recommend.
But -- be careful about mixing medications.
Because a lot of makes it may contain Thailand on -- and an overdose of Tylenol can lead to liver damage so be careful about what you mixing.
In addition that makes you taking the recommended doses and that you take it for as long as they recommended and at the frequency that they recommended.
For example the nasal sprays if they only recommend it's -- for three days more than that you're you're gonna you're going to get rebound congestion.
Which is usually worse in the congestion that you're trying to treat in the first place so it be careful about taking taking the medications the wrong way.
Good tip number four it.
Is -- Tuesday jumping.
To take newfangled tests or scans isn't that something where the patient has to trust their doctor that -- doctors not gonna order some unnecessary test.
Is that not the case hit the media's great for bringing up that that the things new tests that have come on board that -- virtual colonoscopy is on the -- test for breast screening.
But in reality there's limitations to those and so if we limit -- the patients that are going to undergo this test when they first come aboard.
For example the -- test for breast screening patients love it it's like having a pet -- for four.
Mammograms and this is -- -- a mammogram but the problem is that if we find a problem with that we have no way to buy apps he will receive.
You have to be careful about signing up for these new -- talk to your doctor ask it whether or not you're a good candidate for that test.
And if not he needs -- just attrition and some of these unnecessary tests are part of the problem of rising health care costs when when we don't need them all messing.
With your mets' number five.
Be very careful about the medications you're taking take your your pharmacist and your doctor should know exactly what medications that you're taking.
They should be able to track them so don't put -- different pharmacists try to go to one fireman for pharmacist volume medications.
That way they can keep track -- that they can well.
Find out if -- -- going to -- drug interactions.
Some medications when he makes them become less effective.
For example if you're taking Tamoxifen and anti depressants anti depressants can make the Tamoxifen less effective.
Antibiotics also if you don't take over the situation -- the recommended can be less effective with the thought that can't be dangerous ones as well steroids can also -- diabetes and blood pressure.
So it's very important that you discuss all that with your physician and with departments and stick to one pharmacy that's good advice -- America we were -- thanks think some have been.