Lies Women Tell Their Doctors
Studies show that women often lie to their doctors about sexual history, current sexual practices, diet, smoking and what medications they are or are not taking. Lying to your doctor puts you at greater risk and can have serious consequences. Potential ailments and diseases can go undiagnosed and untreated, and there is an increased risk of adverse reactions with medications. The Doctors urge patients to come clean– doctors are there to help, not judge.
The Risk of Sharing Medications
Studies show that nearly 30 percent of Americans have shared their prescription drugs. However, severe complications, reactions and death can occur, as every prescription is specifically tailored for each patient. The Doctors advise everyone to keep their medications for personal use only.
Overuse of Antibiotics
Antibiotics are among the most frequently prescribed medications in modern medicine. When used correctly, they save lives. When used incorrectly, they can cause more harm than good. The Doctors explain when you should take antibiotics, when you shouldn’t, and the dangers of self-medication.
It’s critical to understand that antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections, not viral infections. Patients often clamor for antibiotics to treat their viral infections, but The Doctors stress that viral infections must often run their course.
Dr. Gregory Moran, Chief of Staff at OliveViewUCLAMedicalCenter and Attending Physician in the Infectious Disease Department, cautions people not to squander the power of antibiotics by overprescribing them. When antibiotics are overprescribed, bacterial strains grow more resistant to them and superbugs like methicillin- resistant staphyloccus aureus (MRSA) proliferate.
Ben was infected with MRSA when he was 9 years old and nearly lost his life. Now 13, Ben and his father, Harold, share the harrowing experience and describe Ben’s two-year recovery.
Teresa, 50’s, calls in to ask what she can do about her chronic urinary tract infections (UTI’s). Dr. Lisa explains that women who have gone through menopause have decreased levels of estrogen, which will often increase the amount of bacteria in the vaginal area and cause UTI’s.
The Pain of Feeling No Pain
Next, Ashlyn, 9, has congenital insensitivity to pain anhidrosis (CIPA) and her parents, Tara and John, are beside themselves with worry. Ashlyn cannot feel pain and has suffered many injuries over the years. The condition is so rare that only 71 people in the United States have it. Susan’s son Roberto, 7, also suffers from CIPA, and describes what it’s like to live with CIPA. Dr. Philcia Axelrod, the leading expert in CIPA, calls in to offer the parents support.