From the article: Trust Your Intuition to Help You Make Medical Decisions
These are stories shared by people who have trusted their intuition to make medical decisions. If you are in a quandary about a medical decision you need to make, learn from them about how intuition worked for them. If you aren't sure how to do it yourself, then read about trusting your intuition for making medical decisions. Share Your Story
Trusting Intuition and second oppinions
- I had unrelated symptoms (vertigo) which helped me to seek additional medical advice to find a bigger concern. It turns out that I had an un-ruptured aneurysm and a rare AVM in my brain. Fortunately, I had two successful surgeries which saved my life, and the physical therapy treatment cured the BPPV vertigo symptoms. If it wasn’t for the vertigo symptoms, and my intuitions, the bigger problem may not have been diagnosed in time to save my life. Please research topics: BPPV, stroke / aneurysm and neurological AVM to learn more about the symptoms, causes and cures. If you're ever in doubt about your own medical concerns, remember to trust your own intuitions and seek additional medical advice. It can help save your life!
- —Guest MM
- In 2006 I had a procedure that has plagued me with complications ever since. Luckily I had a 4 year time when I had some time off from the horrid effects of a bad surgical decision that now could ultimately end my life. I did too much research, asked too many opinions. What I should have done was go with my "gut instinct" which when the initial proposed surgery (for a benign situation) was proposed, my response was "You've got to be kidding. No way." Had I stuck with that original response, my life would not be in jeopardy today. Sadly I have learned the hard way all that you teach in your columns. Sadder still is that other than the life threatening outcome of that surgery, I would be perfectly well today. The benign issue for which the surgery was originally done could have been a "not great, but 'normal abnormal situation" that could have been "lived with."
- —Guest Rosemary
- Who better than an astute patient to know how they intuitively feel as well as can target a location of inciting cause as is based on biological history and keen awareness of what has changed. Unfortunately, MD's often treat only the symptoms with inherently problematic pharmacology while they are not as inclined [due to mindset, lack of reimbursed time] to thoughtfully listen to the patient's treasure trove of detail, much less concur on what a patient 'intuits' is the problem. This is not an honest delivery of care that should be open to ALL relative information to find the most apt answer. So, why does conventional medicine typically refuse to participate in partnership with a patient who clearly tenders the benefit of trust due to the MD's specific training for sake of truly comprehensive analysis. In my experience, the most meaningful healing can only evolve in a mutually respectful partnership that willingly embraces both the hard science and uncanny accuracy of intuition.
- —Guest leanderjuel
Intuition, if that's what it was
- For many years I suffered debilitating pain in my digestive tract--both gallbladder and colon spasms. Was told by "good and respected" M.D.'s that I was doing it to myself. I tried believing them and tried relaxation techniques.I even tried the life numbing pills they prescribed , but I didn't like being a zombie day and night. And I knew I wasn't causing the terrible pains and nausea--but when I'd say so I'd get a pat on the head. One even asked me, with a smirk, where I got my M.D. Many years later a Gastroenterologist diagnosed my problems. A really bad gallbladder (out now) was causing the severe IBS (some refer to it as spastic colon). Because no doctor would listen--would just scribble a prescription that either numbed the pain or my head (neither was a solution), I suffered many years of life altering pain. My advice to everyone is--listen to your Self if what the Doc prescribes doesn't work and then says it's in your head.
- —Guest Frances134
- I had a lump removed from my groin in Jan. 2009. Needless to say the hospital LOST the pathology sample. Now 9 months later I found another lump and it has proven to be invasive cancer. I knew back in Jan. but let them talk me out of testing me for cancer because "the doctor didn't feel the lump looked like cancer. FOLLOW YOUR INTUITIONS. I would probably not be looking at death sentence today.
Hey it's okay!
- My doctor was entirely okay with my waiting to see if therapy works before going ahead with MRIs. My fears were wrong; my intuition may or may not be right but time will tell.
Trust Your Gut
- I had been seeing a physician group for about a year for infertility. I was beginning to feel like they weren't taking my concerns seriously, so I sought out a second opinion. My new physician listened to what I had to say, agreed with my conclusions, and even thought that my miscarriage might have been due in part to mismanagement of my hormone levels. I regret staying with the first group for so long, but am very satisfied with my current physicians. It always felt like my concerns weren't being addressed - and it turned out that they weren't.
- —Guest Barbara P.
- My nurse practitioner agreed that I had a breast lump, but thought a mammogram was too much to put me through. When I insisted, the mammogram and ultrasound revealing a malignant lump. I fired the nurse practitioner and never looked back. I'm still here 7 years later.
I'm in this boat right now
- My psychiatrist says I need a couple of MRIs to rule out tumors as a cause of a symptom I think is psychological in nature. I'm already working with a therapist on the psych end, and want to wait to see how that works before getting expensive tests. My intuition says I'm right and the doctor is wrong. But wishful thinking - and financial considerations - could be playing into this, too. Then there's the "I don't want to get into a confrontation with my doctor over it" aspect. The bottom line is, I guess I'm going to have to take valuable therapy time to discuss this with my tdoc. I know I don't want to do this. I just don't believe it's necessary. If only I didn't KNOW that my doctor will be upset about it! I've been seeing him for ten years and this is really troubling me.
inflammatory breast cancer
- I knew something was wrong with my breast, even though nothing turned up on my mammogram. They told me it was an infection, but I knew it was more, so I went to another doctor. I read about inflammatory breast cancer on the internet and told the new doctor what I thought it was. She tested me and I was right. That was last year.
- —Guest healpatricia