Afraid to Reveal a Medical Problem
If you are choosing to conceal facts you must have a reason. You may be afraid of having to take another medication. They're expensive and have side effects, right? Or, you may be afraid of having to go through a cumbersome diagnostic process. Perhaps hospitalization would be required. None of those choices sound like much fun, but what if they are necessary? Early treatment is essential to managing arthritis or any disease.
Can't Find the Words
If you're not afraid, perhaps you just don't know how to bring up a delicate subject. That's understandable - some things are certainly more difficult to talk about than others. But just because it's difficult, doesn't mean it should be avoided. Find a way to open the discussion. Be honest -- start by telling your doctor that you're about to bring up a subject that's embarrassing, awkward, and you dread talking about it. If possible, a photograph of a problem area may be self-explanatory and spare you a lengthy explanation. A picture is worth a thousand words, they say.
It's No Big Deal
If you are not afraid, and finding the words is not the issue, perhaps you have talked yourself into believing the problem is minor. You may have rationalized how or why it became a problem and are overlooking the significance. You may have chosen to just hope one day it will disappear.
But you know better. You know why it's not wise to make decisions based on fear. You know that avoiding a problem will not make it go away. And, however you have rationalized or minimized the problem, you know you can't be sure.
Why You Should Talk to Your Doctor
You should always inform your doctor because:
- Your doctor is most effective when armed with all the facts.
- Your problem may truly not be as complicated as you have imagined.
- An untreated medical issue can result in complications.
- Addressing the problem allows it to be solved and allows you to focus on something else.
You may believe that your decision to not discuss something with your doctor has been stress-relieving for you. Quite the contrary. A lingering problem is a stress builder. As a patient, it's your responsibility to help your doctor help you.