Quiz Your Doctor
Save Your Self
And Your Health!
To Quiz Your Doctor is to get as much information as you possibly can, and to insure you get the most accurate diagnosis, the best Tendonitis treatment options, and a complete recovery.
To Quiz Your Doctor, you need to know the right questions to ask.
Most people don't take the opportunity to thoroughly question their doctors. We take for granted that our doctors have all the right answers, and that they know what's best for us.
You certainly don't need to stay silent if you have questions.
If you want your pain to go away, you want the doctor that is best prepared to help that happen, you want the doctor with the -RIGHT- education.
Depending on who you see, a general practitioner, a specialist, or a surgeon, each doc has his own set of knowledge and education. As is the case in any profession, not all practitioners are created equal.
The questions you ask about your wrist pain can determine the level and quality of the
Carpal Tunnel Treatment
that you get. The questions that you ask about Golfer's Elbow
will determine whether you get surgery or not.
Keep in mind, some things you just have to get surgery for.
In the case of a complete separation of the Achilles Tendon....
In the case of Rotator Cuff Injury, it depends. If the tendon is mostly or completely separated, then yes surgery.
If your shoulder just hurts badly because of Rotator Cuff Tendonitis,
then no surgery.
There ARE alternative methods.
QUIZ YOUR DOCTOR -- Questions To Ask
Quiz Your Doctor when you get a diagnoses.
1. What else -could- it be?
Symptoms are funny things. Pain in one spot can be caused by a variety of causes in a variety of spots.
This can make getting a correct diagnosis tricky. And wouldn't you feel silly getting treatment or surgery for the wrong issue?
You would certainly still feel the pain as that treatment and surgery would be ineffective.
2. Are you sure? What did you see that makes you confident that that is my problem?
Ironically enough, you might want to shy away from a doctor that is 100% sure of her diagnosis. That often means that there's no room to discover more, or make a change for the better.
3. What are the best methods of self care to make this go away?
You don't want to deal with Symptoms. Doctors are used to prescribing splints,
pain killers and anti-inflammatories,
You want to deal with the SOURCE of the problem. How did this problem come about? How do you reverse the tendonitis process that got you where you are at now, and heal completely?
4. Can I completely reverse Tendonitis?
Overall, I suggest you go with a mindset that says "YES. I Can Reverse This."
Because you can. Tendonitis is not a one way street if you know how to deal with it.
It will be interesting to hear what your doctor has to say.
It's likely that it will be on the 'No you can't' side of the equation.
Doctors and surgeons are great for many many issues.
But can they REVERSE Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or any other Tendonitis?
Quiz your doctor, see what they say.
DEFINITELY Quiz Your Doctor if your doctor recommends that you get surgery:
1. What is your rate of success with this surgery?
And by 'success' I mean 100% recovery.
2. What do you expect my chances of a full recovery to be?
You doctor is unlikely to make a strong prediction here. Don't hold that against her. She is afraid of getting sued, and rightfully so.
Ask the question anyway, just to see what they say. You will get some sort of valuable information.
3. Will the surgery deal with the root cause of my problem?
It is vital to understand that the root cause of
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
is -NOT- a narrowing of the Carpal Tunnel (for instance). The root cause of Achilles Tendonitis (for instance) is -not- the tendon itself.
So this question absolutely does deserve a specific answer.
If the answer is not specific, this points to the doctor either not being sure of the -cause- of your problem, or being unwilling to commit to a diagnosis and a promise to 'fix' you.
"Let's do surgery and see what happens," is a poor mindset to operate from.
Quiz Your Doctor
4. What is your infection rate for this surgery?
This can get a bit tricky. Every office and hospital keeps track of these statistics differently.
If it's an infection that goes away quickly, it may not be counted. If it's an infection that kills a person, it might be counted as something else and not go into infection statistics.
You want to know if your surgeon can keep you infection free. Sure, there's -always- a chance of infection, but still.
5. Are there any important arteries or nerves that are in danger of being injured by the surgery?
Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery attempts to cut the connective tissue that surrounds the median nerve. Major blood vessels are right there too.
Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery,
doctors try to avoid damaging the nerve and blood vessels while they attempt to severe the ligament (flexor retinaculum, also called the transverse carpal ligament) that is 'constricting' the median nerve.
This often keeps them from severing the ligament completely, thus not achieving a complete 'release'. Which, of course, leaves you with pain and numbness and sets you up for 'needing' another surgery.
In contrast, Rotator Cuff Surgery and surgery for Achilles Tendonitis, depending on the specific site of the surgery, are much less at risk for nerve damage.
Quiz your doctor, ask some questions, and take a look at an anatomy book before you do.
6. Will you promise not to cut my nerve?
I promise you won't find a doctor that will make that promise.
Look at the
Carpal Tunnel Surgery Statistics
page for more information on severed nerves in Carpal Tunnel Surgery cases. Ouch.
7. How long will it take me to make a complete recovery?
Again, I'm talking about 100% recovery. If it is going to take 1-3 months to recover, keep in mind that much of that recovery is recovering from the injury that surgery causes.
And what if you could fully recover using other methods?
If you Quiz Your Doctor and your doctor can't guarantee you a 100% recovery, surely there must be an alternative treatment to surgery that will give you just as much benefit, or more, without all the slicing and recovery.
In fact, there is.
For the moment, until I get that resource complete, you can start getting out of pain right now when you learn
How To Reduce Tendonitis Inflammation.
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