Common Lies Patients Tell Their Doctors
In a recent study it was found that up to 50% of patients lie to their doctors. There are many reasons why patients lie, but for the most part, it is to try and blame their health issues on external circumstances, when in fact, it may just be their own doing. Doctors are then constantly faced with the issue of trying to figure out what is fact and what is fiction, in order to come up with a proper diagnosis and adequate treatment.
Let’s take look at the most common lies patients tell their doctors, and you can see if you are guilty of any of them!
I Exercise All the Time
Keeping fit and healthy helps the body fight disease and reduce the risk of many illnesses. When asked if they exercise regularly, most patients automatically say yes, even if they don’t. People want to appear as if they are looking after themselves even if their exercise regime consists of moving from the couch to the fridge 5 times a day.
I Quit Smoking
In general non-smokers will not take up smoking unless there is some sort of life change. For smokers though, giving up can be difficult. When asked if they still smoke, most smokers will say they quit some time ago. Again, this is to appear healthier than they actually are. People who smoke are more prone health issues, poor circulation, lower bone density and a host of other ailments, and your medial practioner should know when you are puffing away!
I Only Have One Drink
The majority of patients consume alcohol. Whether it is a beer at the end of the day, a cocktail on a night out or a bottle of wine with friends, doctors understand that this is the norm. When asked how much alcohol a patient drinks in a week, people tend to say just one drink a night, conveniently omitting the big nights out they may have had.
I Am Not in Pain
Often patients will downplay their symptoms as a form of denial or simply because they fear it could lead to expensive and painful treatment. Doctors need to know every symptom to form a proper diagnosis. Unfortunately, many people lie about their symptoms to avoid further treatment, hoping that the pain will go away or they will learn to live with it. Rather than take a gamble and hope that a doctor guesses how much pain you are in, tell them – that way you won’t be in more pain in time to come… or have to tell another lie such as…
I Lost My Pain Meds
Pain medication is precisely monitored and prescribed for patients based on their age, weight and intensity of pain. Often patients take more pain meds that prescribed to zone out and numb the body completely. This usually means they run out and head back to the doctor, claiming they lost their pills and need more.
I Eat Healthily
Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables is essential to keep the body healthy. When doctors ask about a patient’s diet, they usually say they avoid junk food and eat healthy meals. No one wants to admit they have a poor diet and live off burgers and pizza five nights a week.
I Am Good About Taking my Medication
When a patient is put on medication, it is essential to take the medication as prescribed, without interruption. Often people forget or start feeling better, and don’t finish the course. This is particularly true with antibiotics. When the symptoms return and the doctor asks if they have been taking their medication, patients feel bad and tend to lie.
I Don’t Use Recreational Drugs
While it is not always the case, many people indulge in the odd recreational drug, Marijuana being the most common. Depending on the severity of the drug and the amount of usage, this could lead to health issues. When asked by their doctors if they take any recreational drugs, patients tend to lie thinking they will be berated for their indulgence, where in fact, owning up can see them receive proper treatment faster.