7 Things men should tell their doctors

Men can get skeptical when it comes to sharing details about their health with a stranger. But, when you don’t share details with your doctor, the difficulty of diagnosing an underlying condition multiplies.

Vasudha Bhat
Written by: Vasudha BhatPublished at: Jul 02, 2015

Men will be men!

Men will be men!
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Men can be unbelievably reluctant to resolve their health issues. While sometimes, it may be because they are embarrassed to discuss their concerns with the doctor, at other times, ignorance holds them back. Although your doctor can make much of the diagnosis by deriving clues from exam and laboratory tests, what you tell the doctor holds vital clues that cannot be missed. Here are some important things every man must discuss with his doctor on every visit.

You are feeling depressed

You are feeling depressed
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Depression can be fatal, and when it is not, it can spiral out of control and cause complications, especially if it is not treated on time. Pay heed to your irritability, stomachaches and lack of sleep because these can be symptoms of depression. There is nothing to be embarrassed about the condition, so speak to doctor and get yourself treated.

You are drinking too much

You are drinking too much
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If socializing every Saturday night means drinking heavily for you, it is important for your doctor to know that. You must give a clear picture about your overall health and habits to your doctor so that it is easier for him to diagnose.

You are not sleeping well

You are not sleeping well
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Sleeping problems are not always related to the time you take to fall asleep. These problems can also arise from your general sleeping routine. If you are getting less than 6 hours of sleep, your doctor needs to know that.

There is a change in your libido or sexual performance

There is a change in your libido or sexual performance
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Change in sexual performance has a lot to do with your quality of life. Not just that, it could also indicate that something more serious is underlying.

An atypical chest pain

An atypical chest pain
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Just because you are sure that a chest pain is not a classic symptom of heart attack, it does not give you the liberty to ignore an atypical chest pain. Any pain in the upper intestine, upper abdomen and chest must be discussed with your doctor.

Changed exercise capacity

Changed exercise capacity
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Falling short of breath, finding workouts challenging or any such exercise related changes that you have been experiencing lately must be brought to your doctor’s attention.

Taking medication without prescription

Taking medication without prescription
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Your doctor must know every minute detail of medications you take. Details of every single medication, prescribed, over-the-counter or herbal are crucial for your doctor to diagnose underlying danger. Image source: Getty Images

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