Something isn’t right. You don’t feel like yourself, so you take the time to visit your doctor to determine what’s wrong and how to fix it. After examining you and possibly running some tests, your doctor finally diagnosed you. So how do you know if what they’re saying is right or if you should see someone else for a second opinion?
You were diagnosed with something serious.
If your visit to the doctor ended with them telling you that you’re suffering from something serious, such as diabetes, a major heart condition, or even cancer, you should always consider getting a second opinion. Getting treated for something serious can be expensive, time consuming and invasive, and if your first doctor misdiagnosed you, you could end up suffering through treatments that you don’t need.
If your doctor diagnoses you with a major medical condition, you should always consider receiving a second opinion from a specialist. Specialists have more knowledge and expertise in their field to know whether or not your symptoms are conclusive with a certain disease, and they can also run different tests in order to verify if you truly do have that disease.
Your diagnosis seems too small.
As humans, we all tend to think the worst, but there are certain times when those feelings are warranted. If you have been suffering from excruciating pain or serious symptoms (fever, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath) for an extended period of time and your doctor has only diagnosed you with a cold, you may want to get a second opinion. While colds can last for up to a week, if your symptoms have been severe or prolonged, it could be a sign of something more serious. If you truly don’t feel like your illness is something as small as a cold, then you may want to see another doctor to see what they have to say. It’s possible that their knowledge or their tests may show something else, or it’s possible that the first doctor’s diagnosis was correct.
You want to know all your options.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a medical condition and your doctor is pushing you to do a certain type of treatment that you’re not comfortable with, you may want to receive a second opinion just to go over all of your treatment options. Just because one doctor feels strongly about one medication does not mean it’s the only medication out there that can help. Or if your doctor is pushing you to have surgery, it could be possible that there’s a medication that can be tried first. You don’t have to accept the treatment options given to you by one doctor, so if you want to explore your options, get another opinion.
Your treatment is not working.
If you have been treating an illness according to your doctor’s direction but you haven’t seen a change in your illness, then you may want to receive a second opinion. As mentioned above, it’s likely there is another medication or treatment that you can try that may work better than what you’re currently doing, and the other treatments may be something that is offered or recommended by another doctor.
Your health is important, so never feel as if you should simply trust the first doctor you see. Getting a second opinion can help you explore your options and treat your illness appropriately.
Caroline Jones is a professional reviews tracker specializing in doctor review tracking. She often shares information about fake reviews and reputation management through blogging.