You may wonder, what is really going on behind the mask a doctor puts on? Well these are some of the thoughts going through his head:
1. NEVER SEEN YOUR CONDITION BEFORE
Occasionally there is that textbook condition that the doctor has no idea what it is, so you may get a barrage of investigations for that seemingly minor condition.
2. TREATMENT WON’T CURE YOUR CONDITION
The doctor, trying to be optimistic , will not want to tell you that condition is likely to be the start of a lifetime of continuos hospital visits.
3. JUST ROUTINE
You may be very pleased about the doctor’s interest in your family and social history but a lot of times such questions are really just routine for the hospital notes.
4.CHANCES OF SURVIVAL ARE SLIM TO NIL
It may at times be better not to ask about the prognosis of a particular condition.
5. NOT SO SERIOUS
Yeah, yeah, you may be screaming your lungs out and you have a swelling as big as a football, but the doctor has seen it many times before and knows its just not that serious.
The doctor might not want to say this even though he knows that is the probable predisposing factor to a patient presenting with such clinical conditions as hypertension, diabetes and atherosclerosis where weight loss would have prevented complications.
Every doctor’s nightmare is that patient with a really bad condition that comes in 5 minutes to the end of a very hectic shift who you know will keep you at work for at least an extra hour.Follow me