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Ten Lies You Shouldn't Tell Your Doctor

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Going to see the doctor isn't anybody's idea of a pleasure trip, and even if the whole thing goes smoothly we still can't help but wonder “what if” during the drive to and from the doc's office.

And then many of us lie when we're pressed for personal information by the doctor, afraid the truth will result in a bad diagnosis when the truth is actually what doctors need to nip our health problems in the bud.

Are you a smoker or drug user, no matter how casual? Tell your doctor so they can test for smoking and drug-related issues, and if you want to quit your doctor can certainly help you out.

And here are two of the worst lies you can tell your doctor- "I haven't taken any prescription drugs", a lie which can result in harmful interactions with drugs your doctor may prescribe, and "I didn't eat or drink anything prior to surgery", a lie which can cause this to happen:

when a patient is put to sleep via anesthesia, their lower esophageal sphincter (the valve that connects the esophagus to the stomach) relaxes. During this period of relaxation, says Khan, food contents from the stomach can dangerously regurgitate up into the patient’s mouth and snake their way into the patient’s trachea (windpipe) on their way to the lungs. Once in the lungs, this regurgitated acidic food material can start to cause inflammation and may even lead to the development of a pneumonia.

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