This month, our cricket frenzy nation went into a shock when it learnt about Yuvraj Singh being detected with cancer. The news spread like a wild fire all over print, television channels, social networking sites and on the web. What was shocking is that his cancer was earlier detected non-malignant by the doctors. This could have happened to any of us.
Receiving a wrong diagnosis can be devastating. Moreover if prescriptions are followed on basis of a misleading diagnosis, you may end up popping pills, increasing healthcare expenses, undergoing a surgery or even worse – facing a life threatening situation.
So what should you do if you are detected with some serious or at times not so serious ailment? Usually, Dr. Google serves as our alternate consultant. But googling a disease symptom can be ambiguous due to limited perspectives or stereotyped search results.
The best option is to get a second opinion from a well-qualified specialist as soon as you can. Cross-checking the ailment with another doctor never has any side-effects. In-fact a second opinion serves as a general quality check – to make sure you are receiving the most up to date and effective treatment. This reassures to the patients and their families about the treatment option.
Getting a second opinion offers not just medical information but helps you learn more about your malady. It ensures that you won’t get a ‘one size fits all’ treatment plan and offers peace of mind that you are approaching your new diagnosis with the best chances for a positive outcome.