I've notice , probably more so in the past 6 months, that so many people come here asking questions that really should be asked to their doctors.
I think there are several factors that come into play here.
1 - People tend to be somewhat intimidated when talking to their doctors. Therefore, they do not ask all the questions that they have.
2 - People are not comfortable with their discussions with their doctors, and come here or other places to attempt to validate what they are feeling.
3 - Their doctors will not discuss their medical situation in detail
I think that #1 and #2 are acceptable problems, but still need to be addressed. If it is #3, then there is a definite problem with the doctor, OR the patient not asking the questions.
Getting answers to your questions is so very important. If you go out and buy a new car, you will have no problem asking the salesman to provide with all the pro's/con's regarding a car, and then you with that information in hand can make an informative decision.
Whats different about doctors? Sure, they have the Dr name in front, but that does not mean that they can not and should not provide you with the details you need.
We try our best here to provide members with medical details. But, I will be the first to say, that we are selling our members short, because, we are only layman, speaking from our own experiences. Your doctor is the source you need to get your information from and do not stop until you get something that makes sense.
Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences