Forum Home» Marriage, Relationships & Families

Does your doctor ask you what you think is wrong?

New Post Advanced Search

Does your doctor ask you what you think is wrong?

16 replies 1.6K views
swingalooswingaloo Forumite
2.5K posts
Tenth Anniversary 1,000 Posts
✭✭✭✭
I've had some symptoms which have been worrying me for a while but sad to say I'm a 'Oh it will go away' type of person. Anyway today I've decided that I really do need to get to the doctors and rang them this morning. Had a telephone consultation which ended with the doctor saying that I really did need a face to face appointment so they can examine me and this is arranged for tomorrow.
One thing the doctor said to me is sticking in my mind and I'm probably over thinking it but its bothering me. After going through the symptoms and asking questions and telling me I needed to been seen he said 'And what do you think is going on here, what are you thinking?'.  Is that a normal thing for a doctor to say these days, it just seems a bit odd.
«1

Replies

  • theoreticatheoretica Forumite
    6.7K posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    ✭✭✭✭
    Mine does that, and then either agrees which saves time or explains why she thinks something else.  It seems sensible to me as I don't walk out still worrying 'but what if it is actually X, she never mentioned that'.
    But a banker, engaged at enormous expense,
    Had the whole of their cash in his care.
    Lewis Carroll
  • jimbo6977jimbo6977 Forumite
    677 posts
    500 Posts Second Anniversary
    ✭✭
    Fairly normal these days as the reply tends to include lots of information the doctor might find interesting but might not get otherwise. 

    Eg a reasonably healthy 40yo presents with a twinge in his hip. Standard response might be advice to take more exercise, or paracetamol, maybe anti inflammatory, but following "the question" we find out this guy's family has a history of osteoarthritis and his mother had her first hip replacement at 45. 

    Changes the landscape. 
  • FireflyawayFireflyaway Forumite
    2.7K posts
    Fifth Anniversary 1,000 Posts
    ✭✭✭✭
    Yes mine does too. I once went to my GP having had recurring and agonizing abdominal pain. If you Google stomach pain it will display everything from indigestion, cancer, miscarriage, appendicitis, ulcers etc etc. It could have taken a while to diagnose. However having spoken to my dad who had similar a few years ago, I thought it sounded like gallstones. I told the GP so the first thing she arranged was a scan. It can speed up the process of you have an idea. I think it's nice they are listening to you.
  • swingalooswingaloo Forumite
    2.5K posts
    Tenth Anniversary 1,000 Posts
    ✭✭✭✭
    Thank you for the replies, they put a different slant on how I was thinking. I must admit to having got myself a bit worked up although I have deliberately avoided going down the Google route and scareing myself to death. I was sort of looking at it differently, I thought maybe he had something in mind which he was reluctant to mention till after I've been examined and was possibly fishing to see if I had the same thought. Like I say, I'm probably over thinking it and getting a bit worked up.
  • GersGers Forumite
    8.6K posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper
    ✭✭✭✭
    With my very slight medical experience (from years and years ago) I was convinced I had a pulmonary embolism last week and told my GP this on the phone.  She agreed that something was badly wrong and called me an ambulance.  I didn't have a PE (it was a pneumothorax) but she did ask what I thought it was.  Mind you, I wasn't consulting Dr Google, just pulling on Dr Previous Knowledge!
    No need to be alarmed, some people know their body or have an inkling.  GPs are, by definition, generalists not specialists - great resource which can be enhanced if necessary.
  • edited 1 July at 10:07PM
    MrsnMrsn Forumite
    1.1K posts
    1,000 Posts Name Dropper First Anniversary
    ✭✭✭
    edited 1 July at 10:07PM
    Get asked this all the time, mind you I have Ulcerative Colitis and can usually tell if it’s something related to that or not.

    It sounds like they are quiet engaging with finding out what the problem might be and that’s a great thing. Try not to over worry and good luck for tomorrow.

    Ps Dr Google is the devil but we all still do it 🙈
  • Comms69Comms69 Forumite
    13K posts
    10,000 Posts Third Anniversary Name Dropper
    ✭✭✭✭✭
    swingaloo said:
    I've had some symptoms which have been worrying me for a while but sad to say I'm a 'Oh it will go away' type of person. Anyway today I've decided that I really do need to get to the doctors and rang them this morning. Had a telephone consultation which ended with the doctor saying that I really did need a face to face appointment so they can examine me and this is arranged for tomorrow.
    One thing the doctor said to me is sticking in my mind and I'm probably over thinking it but its bothering me. After going through the symptoms and asking questions and telling me I needed to been seen he said 'And what do you think is going on here, what are you thinking?'.  Is that a normal thing for a doctor to say these days, it just seems a bit odd.
    In the age of Dr Google, it's become much more common. 
  • mamanmaman Forumite
    22.7K posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper
    ✭✭✭✭✭
    I used to be a bit sheepish telling my GP that I'd consulted Dr Google but he's all for it.  Fortunately I have a scientific background so can keep things in perspective and don't scare myself.  I think asking the patient what they think is a good starting point to discussing symptoms. 
  • donnac2558donnac2558 Forumite
    3.2K posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper
    ✭✭✭✭
    My doctor is "How are you?"  Me, "Okay thank you." Which I know is stupid.  Then the doctor "Well what can I do for you?" 
Sign In or Register to comment.

Quick links

Essential Money | Who & Where are you? | Work & Benefits | Household and travel | Shopping & Freebies | About MSE | The MoneySavers Arms | Covid-19 & Coronavirus Support