Sometimes, however bad you may feel, a doctor might not take you too seriously due to the following reasons:
1. VAGUE SYMPTOMS
Classical examples include:-
‘I feel like there is something walking all over my body.’
‘ I don’t know, I am sick.’
‘I can’t point to the source of pain, it is everywhere.’
2. NOT TAKING DOCTORS ADVICE
Why o why are you coming back to see me when you’ve not taken previous medications prescribed?
3. YOU ARE TOO REGULAR
When you keep coming back with different complaints as if the hospital is your second home, the level of interest in your case begins to steadily decline.
4. ODD HOURS
Coming with minor complaints at odd hours of the night.
5. YOUR APPEARANCE
Coming to the Emergency Room impeccably dressed without a hair out of place and demanding to be seen before other patients that look critically ill.
6. MODIFYING DRUGS
When you modify dosage of drugs to suit yourself or mix the drugs with a new herbal remedy, your doctor might not be too pleased with you.
7. PROUD ABOUT EXCESSES
When you are proud about your excessive drinking or smoking habits or your fat laden diet, your doctor may not take you seriously.
8. ASK THE DOCTOR RIDICULOUS QUESTIONS
A good example I have is ‘can hernia cause malaria?’
9. MAKING CALLS
You can’t possibly be very sick if you make or receive business or social phone calls while the doctor is attending to you. Giggling won’t make it any better.
10. LONG TERM
If you’ve had the problem for years and you just decide to present yourself at 2 a.m with a smile on your face, expecting the doctor to take you serious; that just won’t happen.
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