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How To Deal With A Nagging Health Issue

How To Deal With A Nagging Health Issue

All people, and particularly those of us who have a few decades of life behind us, occasionally feel less than 100% healthy and hearty. It’s normal, and it can be the result of any number of causes, but when it becomes more than just occasional it is something that needs to be confronted. Dealing with an issue rather than shrugging it off is really the only way to put it out of your mind for good.

There are many reasons why we might not face up to a health issue, some of which make more sense than others. But in the end, we need to be realistic – the more we ignore something, the less equipped we are going to be to deal with it should it become more of an emergency. So if you’re being plagued – or even just distracted – by something that’s not quite right, the following points need to be kept in mind.

Early awareness is always the best way

If you’ve got a health concern, there are two possible outcomes. On the one hand, it’s nothing to worry about and you can get on with your life. On the other, it’s actually something that could potentially get serious, and you’ll need medical intervention. Here’s the thing: whichever of these two is the truth, it’s better to know early on. If it’s nothing, then you can get on with life and not have to think about it again. If it needs to be dealt with, your early intervention will improve your range of choice for treatment and your eventual outcome.

Dealing with it yourself can go badly wrong

The internet has made us all smarter in a lot of ways, as we have access to a lot more information than we did before it came along. It’s also made us less discerning, as is shown by our collective experience of Doctor Google. If you have a recurrent issue with your throat, googling your symptoms and potential treatments might fix it, but might also take you down a wrong turn. You could cut out a lot of speculation by making an ENT appointment and getting professional advice and treatment. Doctors have a lot of treatment and experience in their favor and can book tests when necessary. Search engines can’t compete with that.

But the internet might help!

It’s easy to scoff at the idea of using the internet to deal with health issues, but one thing it has done is make healthcare easier to come by for people who aren’t well-served by medical resources in their area, or who have mobility issues that make it hard to attend appointments. All of the access issues that exist with going to the doctor can be solved with telehealth services. From the comfort of your own home, you can speak to a professional and ascertain if further action is needed – and get advice from them on how to seek that care if you have difficulties accessing it where you are.

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It can be tempting to ignore a health issue, and there can be plenty of reasons which reinforce your instincts to do so. But in the long term, it’s always best to face up to it sooner rather than later.

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Jess Benoit

Jess is a homeschooling mama of 3, wife, gamer, Whovian, Nerd

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