The Importance Of Check-Ups

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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I generally see my doctor for a check-up semi-regularly, meaning every 4-6 months. The ob/gyn I see annually. sick or not I go and that’s the way it’s been for years. Many people don’t. Recently Nicole reached out to me for my thoughts on this topic and shared her thinking. Much of it is in line with the way I look at it and I thought I’d share it with you.

Taking care of your health is an important thing to do but many people forget to do some of the most basic things to maintain their health. There are people who will not go to the doctor until they know that something is very wrong and they cannot do anything else themselves or when the pain becomes too unbearable. The problem with that is that sometimes by the time people go to the doctor, it can be too late.

How To Avoid Finding Out Too Late

The best thing anyone can do is visit the doctor on a regular and routine basis. You do not need to have any ailment to visit the doctor and a regular checkup is very common. It is always best to visit the doctor at least once a year so that you can discover if there are any issues that you should deal with. It is best to find out as soon as possible so that things can be taken care of very quickly.

Things That Cannot Be Avoided

There are instances where a patient may have an ailment that cannot be stopped. For these issues, it is still best to have them monitored by a physician so that the progress can be noted. This is also a good idea if you would like to find a way to make it more bearable. For example, if you are experiencing hearing loss, going to a doctor regularly can help you find the issue and a doctor may even give you something like Miracle Ear to help get some hearing back. That company has been developing discrete hearing aids to help individuals and a doctor would know if it is best for your to use.

How To Get Started If You Have Not Been To The Doctor In A Long Time

There is no reason to be embarrassed if you have neglected your routine checkups. Do not push it off longer just because you want to avoid a lecture from the doctor. Instead, make an appointment as soon as possible so that you can get started on the right track quickly. Pushing off the inevitable even longer will only cause more issues down the road. The best time to change something was yesterday but the next best time is now. Call a local doctor and make an appointment for a checkup. These appointments do not last long and you will not usually have to wait long for an appointment. However, if you have not seen the doctor before, the appointment may last longer than a normal appointment. If you have a doctor that you have seen in the past, it can be much easier to get an appointment and you will get in and out of the office quickly.

Are There Any Other Doctors You Should See?

For some people, seeing a primary physician is enough but the doctor may recommend you see specialists for certain things. For example, if there is a history of breast cancer in your family, you may need to see someone specialized in that field for an examination. Females should always see a gynecologist in addition to their primary physician. However, if you are not sure, ask your doctor before making any unnecessary appointments. Go out there and take charge of your health!

Do you go for check-ups, or do you want to go to the doctor until you’re not feeling well?

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8 comments

pat. marsden December 10, 2014 - 9:40 am

Neither. Since my family doctor of forty yeas died then his partner retired, I see the specialists. This managed care has removed so many GP’s from the fold along with malpractice insurance and health company scale of payments for America;s citizens….

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Mimi December 10, 2014 - 10:00 pm

We’re not fond of doctor visits because most of the time, they like to issue prescriptions that aren’t really necessary. They just want our money. Know what I mean? It’s hard to find a very good and honest doctor nowadays that doesn’t put business first and caring for the patient second.

We practice general wellness like eating right and exercising regularly. Overall, we try to eat and live consciously.

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Scott January 5, 2015 - 9:47 am

I used to be the type that only went when I was feeling sick, but now that I’m in my 40’s, I get checked every year. Too many things that can sneak up on you – I want to be prepared!

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Amber Edwards January 5, 2015 - 11:00 am

My kids go in for yearly check ups. Just to make sure they are all healthy and nothing is happening that could cause issues to prevent their studies in school. Then of course we go in when they are sick. But really, I’m not a big fan of doctors because like it was mentioned earlier, it is hard to find an honest Doctor that isn’t going to try to prescribe you a ton of meds that you don’t really need because they just want the kickbacks. At least for us that is our situation, it could be different for others.

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Melanie January 5, 2015 - 12:25 pm

I have to see my Dr. every few weeks for ongoing medical issues so I see them all the time. My Husband always waits till he has an issue.

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Melanie January 5, 2015 - 12:29 pm

I’m always at the dr’s due to my health issues, so I have to always go for check ups and routine blood work, my husband on the other hand always waits till he HAS to go.. men..LOL

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Anne January 5, 2015 - 12:46 pm

We go for check ups occassionally, although not every year. I am due for a physical soon.

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diane January 5, 2015 - 1:52 pm

We go for checkups every year. In fact, I have mine on friday! I think they are very important!

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