You've been there many times before: you notice a change in your body or lifestyle, and you instantly think you have a health problem. Sometimes, your suspicions are correct, and your quick thinking can potentially save your life. Most health problems are easier to deal with when they're treated early and correctly. Keeping that in mind, here are a few things you definitely should not do if you suspect you - or anyone else in your family - has a health issue:
Go Google crazy and self-diagnose
The natural reaction to some symptoms is to Google them and see what comes up. This can be helpful in determining if you have a possible health issue or not. Sometimes, you see that your 'symptoms' are perfectly normal and nothing to worry about. However, just as often, you see them linked to hundreds of deadly diseases. In turn, you self-diagnose yourself with something, seeking out online treatment for it.
Realistically, you can't diagnose yourself! Googling is okay, but you should see a doctor to get a professional opinion. Here, tests can be none if necessary, and you should get a more accurate view of what is wrong.
Forget to get a second opinion
While a doctor's opinion is better than a self-diagnosis, it's never wise to only hear one professional viewpoint. Ideally, you should see more than one medical professional, to see what they think. If you see two doctors and they both diagnose the same problem, it's a safe bet that you actually have that issue. But, if one says it's something else, you'll need another opinion to confirm which one is more likely to be true.
Believe it or not, but doctors and medical professionals can be wrong. After all, this is why medical malpractice lawyers exist: to call out medical professionals that provide inaccurate diagnoses and treatments! It's never wise to listen to the first doctor you speak to - decide on your treatment after you've had at least one other professional opinion.
Agree to treatment without doing any research
Some health issues can be treated in various ways. As such, you may be given multiple options to treat your problem. Never agree to anything without doing your own research first. This is especially important in areas where you have a physical health problem - like a dodgy knee or hip. Medical professionals may try to get you to have surgery when there could be so many other options available. Always do your research to figure out the pros and cons of the possible treatments up for offer. Ultimately, this helps you make a more informed decision, picking the right path.
In conclusion, if you experience any signs or symptoms of possible health problems, don't do the three things listed above! Never self-diagnose as you can go down a completely incorrect treatment path and feel unnecessarily stressed. Always get a second opinion to be more sure of a diagnosis, and always do your research before agreeing to any treatment. This should ensure that your health problem is diagnosed and treated correctly!