Quit Smoking

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Stress is the number one excuse we hear behind smoking. We all know that smoking is not good for your health. Check the cover of your cigarettes, you could see some reminders that smoking is dangerous for your health. Cigarettes companies are required to put that on their packaging to keep reminding people of the consequences it can do to your health. If you are planning to quit and having a hard time, you’re not alone.

What to Expect

When you are a chain smoker, you got a constant supply of nicotine in your body. Withdrawing from nicotine might cause you to experience some symptoms. This is normal. And they symptoms might be different depending on the patient. Some experience headache, chills, nauseousness, and short temper. Knowing what to expect prepares you to what lies ahead. You are on the right track. Deciding to quit smoking is a good thing.

Go Slowly But Surely

If you can stop smoking with your willpower then good for you. If not, try the slowly but surely method. You’ll have to limit your smoking day by day. It allows your body to be prepared instead of eliminating the destructive habit right away. Start by eliminating one stick per day until you  can tolerate moving on with your day without cigarettes.

Remind Yourself of Why You are Quitting

When you are at the phase wherein there is great temptation to smoke another stick, remind yourself of the reasons why you are quitting. We interviewed people who went through the process of quitting smoking, and here are the top 3 reasons why they stopped:

Someone in the family died because of lung cancer caused by excessive smoking.

They don’t like the after effects of smoking such as bad breath, dry skin, and yellowing of teeth.

They want to live longer life for the sake of their children.

Find Other Ways to Relieve Stress

Smoking is an acquired habit, you are not born with it which means you have the power to eliminate it. Smoker say that it allows them to think and keep stress at bay. To totally eliminate this destructive habit, you have to find ways on how you can keep yourself busy. We find breathing exercise helps. By doing simple breathing exercise you divert your mind to something else. It improves your blood circulation and allows you to pause for a moment which is an effective way to shake the stress away.

 

 

How To Communicate With Your Doctor

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We understand that there might be things that you are uncomfortable to share with your doctor. It’s your personal life after all. However, not telling everything to your doctor comes with consequences which could affect your health . So what is the preferred communication between a patient and a doctor?

Everything Should Remain Private

Most patients fear that if they tell the truth, their doctor might judge them. Let us remind you that doctors aren’t there to gossip about you. They don’t work for media. Doctors are asking you questions because these questions are related to your health. The answers you give them could lead them to the right diagnosis of what’s wrong with you and how to treat it. Every doctors sworn an oath that anything that a patient discuss should be private. If they did, then they will surely lose their license, their bread and butter.

Two-way Communication

When your doctor tells you that you have to go on a surgery, you have the right to say no.  A patient should convey right away his/her disagreement in order to find out if there is an alternative method. When it comes to successful doctor and patient relationship, honesty is the best policy. This is really important because they might prescribe you a medication that may become harmful for you because you didn’t tell him about your allergies. Another example would be, forgetting to take the pills they prescribed you on a regular basis. If you are forgetful at least be honest, so your doctor can find out another way to help you.

The Right for a Second Opinion

Doctors cannot pressure you to follow what they suggest. You can be submissive but by any chance that you have doubts about your doctor’s diagnosis, exhaust the option for a second opinion. This happens and your doctor should be understanding about this.

Partnership to Create Wellness

Always remember that your doctor is not the enemy but rather your illness. Remember that your doctor is there to be your ally in combating that illness or disease that’s bothering you. There were some thinking that doctors only care for money. We can’t look at them that way, otherwise there would be no trust. You’ll end up giving him the wrong details about your habits, health, symptoms and other medical history. Before going to a practitioner, ask people for their recommendation of who is the best doctor who can work with you. Hospitals are not exempted in our uniqueness and individual preferences.  So if it is your first time meeting that doctor, it would be best to get some feedback from previous patients.

Consider These Before Letting Yourself Get Admitted In The Hospital

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Let’s face it.

Getting admitted in the hospital can be quite scary. There’s the possibility of you getting diagnosed with a serious disease and being operated immediately. There’s also the possibility of you getting operated for a serious disease and not recovering immediately. Worst comes to worst, there’s the possibility of you getting diagnosed with a serious disease improperly and you getting operated for a serious disease wrongfully.

That being said, consider these before letting yourself get admitted in the hospital:

Your Pain Level

The reason for this is quite simple. There are some pains that can be tolerated and can be treated with medications, while there are other pains that cannot be tolerated and can only be treated with operations. To avoid the latter from happening whenever you go to the hospital, try to assess the kind of pain you’re feeling. If it’s tolerable, then you can ask your doctor to have you as an outpatient. If it’s not, then you just have to ready yourself for whatever measure your doctor might have in mind for your condition. This way, you’ll also be able to balance the working relationship between you and your doctor – just by allowing him to save your life as he should be doing.

Your Health Policies

This is probably the most important thing you have to consider before letting yourself get admitted in the hospital. You see, some of the reasons why you’re being admitted to the hospital can take a huge toll on the financial aspect of your life. You also see, some of the reasons why you’re being admitted to the hospital can take a huge toll on the more important aspects of your life such as your family and work. Simply put, you have to make sure that your health policies won’t lapse on what should be covered. This way, you’ll also be able to balance the working relationship between you and your providers – just by allowing others save your life as they should be doing.

Finding A Good Doctor

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Admit it or not, finding a good doctor can be daunting. There are lots of things to consider, including your needs and your preferences. There are also lots of things to take care of, including your healthcare plan.

But you know what?

Finding a good doctor shouldn’t have to be complicated. It should not compromise your needs or your preferences. It should also not complicate your healthcare plan.

That being said, here are some tips and ideas when finding a good doctor:

Ask help from your family and relatives.

One great way to find a good doctor is asking help from your family and relatives. This is because doctors who are referred by people you trust are generally proven and tested when it comes to their skills and expertise. Even more so, doctors who have been referred to by family and relatives are more likely to offer discounts and other perks that goes with other members of the family seeking consultations from them – making you feel like you don’t really have to worry about anything more than what’s necessary, as compared with doctors you don’t really have any knowledge about.

Good doctors come from a reputable hospital.

While there exist good doctors from a lesser known hospital, nothing beats good doctors from a reputable hospital. The reasons for this are quite simple. Reputable hospitals (1) are proven and tested when it comes to competency, (2) offer a variety of payment options, and (3) have better medical equipment than others. Thus, good doctors from a reputable hospital (1) are proven and tested when it comes to specialty, (2) offer more than just payment options, and (3) make use of medical equipment better than others.

Another tip and idea? A good doctor should be able to tell the difference between whooping cough and croup in a manner where even a layman can understand it easily.