Monday, March 03, 2014
You may not be sick--maybe you're just a good noticer
Andrea Peterson, WSJ, Feb 24, 2014, says most symptoms are never traced to a cause. Fatigue, headaches--whatever!
So now docs are trying to get such patients to think differently about their "symptoms."
Good health is not symptom-free, one doc points out. Remember that.
When patients pursue every twinge, docs get frustrated and patients get paranoid, thinking the doctor considers them a head case.
One study in Germany, 2011, of 620 primary care patients found that unexplained symptoms accounted for two-thirds of all reported complaints.
Some docs have you keep a symptom diary--what brings on the symptom?
Some patients "health-seek" once a month, coming to the physician. This is actually a disorder.
So...give it a rest. Wait a hot second before rushing off to the doctor. Even distract yourself with fun things to do. Or meditate.
Some patients are very good noticers of every ache and pain--especially abdominal. "The GI tract is very active," notes one doctor. There is a lot to notice.