Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays! Hope you ended your day on a positive note, if not, I hope you don’t let it keep you down.
As I write this post, I’m currently battling some flu symptoms which probably inspired this post. Why do we sometimes opt to treat ourselves when we’re sick rather than run to the doctor?
This is what I came up with as I looked at self-care versus healthcare.
The self-care I’m referring to is the type of care that is all you. You know when we opt to just pick up a few items in the pharmacy, grocery, vegetable market or garden to treat any medical symptoms we may be suffering from instead of going to the doctor.
Now I am not advocating for either side just simply sharing some information. Let’s get into it shall we. 🙂
Some advantages of self-care:
- Save you money by reducing the need to visit the doctor.
- Gives you more control and say over what you put in your body.
- Reduce exposure to possible side effects from over the counter medication.
- The satisfaction of knowing you ‘healed’ or successfully treated yourself.
Some disadvantages of self-care:
- Delay in the proper and effective treatment of the illness can result in prolonged discomfort and sickness.
- Inadequate self-diagnosis can result in the worsening of symptoms and maybe even death.
- Inaccurate diagnosis can also increase medical expenses (as you would have to buy the correct medication or even be hospitalized if your first option did not give adequate relief.
- Lack of sufficient medical knowledge and experience would limit your ability to consistently treat every ailment that may arise.
The fact is I’m sure that for most of the points I’ve made above there is an advocate for either side that can strengthen or weaken some of the points made here. Thankfully, I’m not here to debate. 🙂
However, both sides would agree that doctors are people too and they make mistakes too from time to time.
I suggest that we take better care of ourselves by eating better, getting active and even taking a more proactive approach towards our overall well-being.
Those of us that do self-medicate must admit that there are some really great doctors out there that give us great health advice and health care encouraging us to live better lives. I thank God for such health care professionals because they are sadly in the minority.
The internet is full of what would seem like a never-ending supply of information about anything and everything. However, not everything we read, hear or see on the internet will work for us especially as it relates to our health so please be cautious, safe and smart.
Sometimes we get lucky, sometimes our research pays off. Be thankful for those moments. Pay attention to your body and what it is telling you. We should NEVER down play any negative symptoms that consistently keep reoccurring.
Talk to your doctor and if he or she dismisses your concerns then by all means get a second opinion and do some research of your own.
Our health is OUR BUSINESS, SO LET’S TAKE CARE OF IT!
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!