When you’re taken ill, be it a slow burner or a sudden turn, you will encounter a bunch of medical professionals. People who have studied for years, even decades, to be the best in their field. These are the people trained to get you back to normal and back to living your life and 99.5% of the time, they are wonderful people who do an amazing job. However, they are human and occasionally you’ll come across mistakes… or even more sinister intention, in very, very exceptional cases, just like one that has recently come to light, resulting in a Surgeon being jailed for fifteen years. Believe me, as someone who works in law, they are the exception… a very, tiny exception.
The fact is, you should be able to look at your doctor and know that they have your best interest at heart. And they do almost always, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t make a mistake every now and then. There is such a thing as human error, and it does apply to doctors as well as the rest of the working population. You can’t guarantee a doctor won’t mistake that will endanger your life or potentially damage your health. It sadly comes with the territory of a job such as theirs.
It is rare, but regardless, here are a few things to consider if you’re wondering what to do when… something just doesn’t feel right.
If you have been diagnosed with something very serious or chronic, you should certainly get a second opinion. People always begin to change their life once they receive a severe diagnosis. God forbid, you might get the worst news that you only have a few years left due to a terminal illness that can not be cured. At this point, you might start looking at the savings in your account and begin thinking about what you can spend them on… all the holidays, once in a lifetime experiences, maybe even some radical private treatment. After all, you don’t want to spend the last years of your life doing nothing do you? But what if the diagnosis is wrong? Believe it or not, this does occasionally happen. Doctors think that there’s no cure, yet the patient makes a miraculous recovery.
That’s why it’s always best to get a second diagnosis from another doctor, or even a third. It can’t possibly hurt and it can open up alternative options… just a pair of fresh eyes can bring a whole new perspective on what’s happening. This isn’t limited to serious diagnoses either. Perhaps you’ve been told that absolutely nothing is wrong with you. Again, always get a second opinion because the first doctor might have missed something.
Suspecting A Mistake
At some point in your life, you might have a procedure performed by a medical professional… some routine, some not so routine but all of them are important. After the event, the Surgeon or Doctor will come into your room afterward and talk about complications or the lack thereof. On the very odd occasion (again, super rare) complications from a perhaps straightforward procedure can leave you with a serious condition or injury that is going to completely alter your life.
Now, perhaps this was unpreventable, and there was no way that the doctor could have fixed it. Or, maybe a mistake they made during surgery changed your life forever. At the very least, you need to get this investigated. If you research a practice like The Elan Law Firm, you’ll find that there are various firms that help in cases like this. They will discover whether something could have been done and help you claim damages if a mistake was made. This sounds brutal on the outset, but before I qualified I worked in a firm doing just this and the difference it made to the lives of those affected was immense. It is absolutely worth a call to see if anything could have been prevented, because whilst sometimes it’s just incredibly bad luck, sometimes it’s something more and that’s when you can get the help you may need.
Finally, rather than heading straight to your local doctor to treat a condition or cure an illness, you might want to look into the possibility of alternate medicine. Alternate medicine offers a completely different perspective of medical conditions, and it could be beneficial to you. In fact, there are many people who depend on alternate medicine to help them with issues, such as Chinese acupuncture. This treatment has actually been shown to reduce stress levels.
Is it a placebo effect? Probably, but a lot of people can see vast physical improvements when they are put at ease about their symptoms and with some different approaches than traditional science. That said, if you suspect something particularly serious, I would always advise going to see a traditional GP to rule out anything too scary before going down this route!
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