“Doctor i’m so worried, I was reading online and I think I have trigeminal neuralgia! What should I do? Can you prescribe me Carbamazipine? I really need it. It’s a pretty bad case.”
Apart from diagnosing themselves, we also get to hear a lot of myths from patients like
However, we as doctors are not entitled to provide treatment requested by a patient that they believe is in their best interests.
It is our obligation not only to diagnose and treat but also to educate. Therefore, strong rapport and relationship with patient is very essential.
Diagnosing diseases themselves may have tremendous repercussions on the patients. While reading is helpful and informative, it is always best to discuss your impressions with a doctor before you decide on the treatment you want. Afterall, little knowledge is definetly a dangerous thing.