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Little white lies

Patients don’t always tell their doctors the truth.

Especially when it comes to alcohol, medication, exercise taken and junk food according to a recent survey.

But not telling your doctor the whole truth can have health consequences.

The little white lie survey

WebMD surveyed 1,500 people to find:

  • 13% admitted they lied to their doctor.
  • 32% admitted they “stretched the truth”.
  • 40% lied about following a doctor’s treatment plan.
  • 30% lied about their diet and exercise regimens.

Most common lies told included information on; smoking, alcohol intake, diet, exercise, taking medications as prescribed, second opinions, and the use of alternative therapies and supplements.

The dangers

Not telling your doctor all the health products you’re taking can be risky due to some drug interactions, even with over the counter medications and supplements.

It is suggested patients find a doctor they are comfortable with, and remember that little will surprise your doctor.

Cardiologist Dr. Amy Tucker from the University of Virginia Health System said, “We aren’t here to render moral judgments. So the half-truths really aren’t necessary.”

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One Response to “White lies we tell the doctor”

  1. Linda D says:

    I had very erratic blood pressure that left me in the hospital for both Christmas and New Years eve in 2011/2012.
    In June of 2012, I was having a problem at least once a week, usually caused an issue when I lay down at night. My pulse would go down to at least 39 and my other numbers would be in the 200’s. I would get up and take extra meds, asprin and nitro tablets to make the pain go away. Because tests and the hospital was not able to pin point my issues and there was no reason to go back to the emergency room and be sent home hours later without resolution. Finally, in June 2012 the doctor sent me to the hospital to get a cath. They found that one was about 90 percent blocked and they put in a stint with plavix. Right after the operation and for about four months, my problem of the blood pressure did not improve a lot, but most pain was gone. They gave me at least 12 different medications. Way too much. So I began to monitor the drugs myself. I vary the drugs they gave me every few days and that has helped a lot. However, I still get random pain when I lay down some nights. So I take the nitro at that time and it helps some. I have never stopped being really tired. I have one kidney as I was a donor back in 1992. I am 5′2″ tall and weigh about 170. I have pain in my lower limbs 24/7 and for a while took gababentin and tried lyerica (which caused me to lose my mental facilities to the point I did not know where I was and what I did. Just a small dosage once at night for 75 mg.) I stopped all pain medication and it seems to have helped by leaving me with less pain. I have noticed that if I eat pizza or a like food, that the pain increases in my lower limbs. I think that it may be an allergy or the likes. But the heart pain still comes on a rare occasion. They checked me for being diabetic and I had 2 markers out of five, but since then I was told it was not sugar. When I was a kid, I was told that I had a Mitro valve problem, but they seem to think it is not large enough to worry about. Anybody out there have anything like this?

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