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"Treating yourself"

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by tkatchev, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. tkatchev

    tkatchev 2+ Year Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Have you found that as you work your way through medical school that the way you treat your own illnesses and injuries, i.e. cold, flu, sprains, strains, etc. has changed, and if so in what way?
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  3. Hurricane95

    Hurricane95 Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2005
    Miami, FL
    Yeah, you start trying to diagnose yourself before you even see your doc. And it makes you more paranoid too. Every little stress headache could be an ischemic stroke :laugh:
  4. MSHell

    MSHell Deranged User 10+ Year Member

    Nov 29, 2004
    Sure I treat myself differently - I generally take more drugs - mix and match OTC stuff. I don't have the time to spend several days in bed nursing a sore throat and fever. Robbins isn't going to read itself. (I wonder if you can get it as a book on tape, or 100 tapes?)
  5. Tired Pigeon

    Tired Pigeon 7+ Year Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    I think you take your personal illnesses (colds, flus, etc.) a lot less seriously once you're in med school and get a look at what SICK really looks like. You realize that most of your personal health woes are trivial and not worth worrying about.

    You also start to think more about the importance of the lifestyle choices you're making NOW (i.e., smoking/drinking/diet/exercise/stress management, etc.) because every single day you are confronted with people who made poor choices when they were your age and are now paying for it.
  6. tacojohn

    tacojohn Banned Banned

    Jun 28, 2006
    I'm developing my own treatment for the golf ball-sized tumor growing in my head. It seems to be working so far.
  7. crazy_cavalier

    crazy_cavalier T3-Weighted 7+ Year Member

    Yes. Before med school, I used to pay attention to my health. Now as an MS, I generally ignore my bodily functions/demands/limits.
  8. Droopy Snoopy

    Droopy Snoopy 7+ Year Member

    Apr 3, 2006
    The Alamo
    Not really, mainly because I know that up until maybe 2nd year of residency I have a very high probability of killing my patient should I try to treat myself for anything.
  9. psipsina

    psipsina Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 24, 2005
    When I went to the nurse practitioner she asked me which abx I would like her to perscribe, like I the MS1 automatically knew more than she did. Then she wanted me to "just try" one that I'm allergic to, so obviously I did.

    When I went to the ER and when asked why I was there explained that I was tachy at 158 instead of "my heart is pounding". Definitely have more precise descriptions of my primary complaint.
  10. Critical Mass

    Critical Mass Guest

    Feb 23, 2007
    Yeah I noticed that the ORL really has no clue about what has been wrong with my neck for nearly 4 years. After enough shadowing, it is clear that there are plenty of people who the doc just wishes would leave and never come back because he/she has no idea how to figure out what is wrong (or thinks the pt is blowing the symptoms out of proportion). I have been that patient, so I simply don't go back anymore. That's my treatment story.

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