Most people think that doctors possess supernatural powers, that they can locate pain and its severity by one look at the patient. Unfortunately, this is not true. A doctor will not understand your agony unless you speak it out. Elderly patients often refrain from explaining the nature and depth of their pain. Some patients forget to talk about their problems. Others think that the pain they are experiencing is not worth revealing. Unfortunately, their reluctance can lead to misdiagnosis, or ignoring the symptoms of serious diseases. It is therefore necessary to bridge the communication gap between patients and doctors.
Most patients are hesitant or embarrassed to state their problems. Some do not know how to express their agony in clear terms. The difficulty is that a symptom or pain cannot be treated unless the doctor clearly understands how it is adversely affecting your life. Continue reading Bridge the communication gap with your doctor