12 February 2017

After the Diagnosis: What to Do If You've Found out You Are Unwell

When you have had symptoms of poor health for a while, visiting the doctor can be a very scary thing to do. So many of us are in denial about there being anything wrong with us, and therefore lots of people put off going to the doctor due to being afraid of what they might hear. But if you have been feeling under the weather for some time now,  it is always best to get checked out by a professional, as often illnesses that are caught early on can be cured easily. That being said, getting a diagnosis of anything can be pretty scary. Often, we hear medical terms that we don't fully understand and it all sounds a bit scary and intimidating. Those first few weeks after a diagnosis can be particularly challenging, as you wonder how you are going to cope and what is going to happen. Being stressed won't help you or your illness at all, so here are some ways to cope and get on with your life when you have just received a diagnosis.

Find a trustworthy doctor--

Your medical journey to recovery might be two months; it might be two years. But regardless of your situation, you will need a doctor by your side who you respect and trust. Many healthcare professionals, such as the team behind  www.DrAllison.org, make it their mission to treat their patients like family. Going through illness and treatment can be a very scary and uncertain time, so it is incredibly important that you have a doctor you can trust by your side throughout the whole thing. Remember that no question will ever be deemed as 'stupid' - they are there to help and support you, so be as open with them as you can be.

Don't panic--

This is obviously far easier said than done. When you receive a diagnosis that you know could potentially have an impact on the rest of your life, it is very easy to go into a full blown panic mode in an effort to take as much action as possible right now. You probably feel pressured, as if time is against you - but remember to try and view things objectively. Unless your doctor is wheeling you into surgery right away and looks panicked themselves, you probably don't have a great deal to worry about in the short term. Keep your cool and calmly begin constructing a workable plan with your doctor - once you've done this you will feel much more able to relax.

Keep in touch with normality--

Although it may feel as though your entire world has been turned upside down when you are diagnosed with a health problem, it is really important to at least attempt to carry on with your normal life. Again, this is easier said than done, but doing this can actually help to speed up your recovery in some cases. Keeping your mind occupied and remembering that you are more than your illness is very important for your mental well being. Unless your doctor says you shouldn't, continue to exercise as you have been doing, eat a healthy diet, and continue to go out with family and friends.

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