These tips might just save your life (or at least make it a little healthier).
They can handle the truth
When it comes to your health, staying informed is key. In their own words, here are 16 medical tips that doctors and nurses of Reddit believe everyone would be better off knowing:
“Nurse here. If you’re an alcoholic that’s admitted to the hospital, don’t lie about how much you drink. There are drugs we can give you to take the edge off of withdrawals. It’s safer for you and safer for us. We’re not judging you; we have safety in mind.”
“Just don’t lie to us,” adds another medical professional. “We don’t judge you…Remember always, we’ve seen something far, far worse.”
Make sure an “emergency” is just that
“ER doc here. Medical fact…’Emergency’ means potential loss of life, limb, or eyesight. It does NOT mean inconvenience, irritation, or chronic condition. Your sore throat evaluation in the emergency department is gonna cost you $ 1,000; go to Urgent Care.”
“I’ve seen countless number of people…go to the ER for non-emergent issues, like splinter removal or the common cold,” adds an ER nurse. “And they get billed a ridiculous amount of money for their ER trip. Some of these people…don’t realize that their bodies will take care of these issues on their own. Urgent Care facilities are vastly underused.” These are 50 more secrets emergency room doctors won’t tell you.
Watch your weight
“Keep an eye on your weight. Rapid unintentional weight loss is often a sign something serious is up.”
“Or [weight] gain,” adds another Redditor. “I was in the ER last night. Overheard [the] guy in front of me [say] that he gained around 30 pounds in two weeks and could no longer walk. Based off his swollen abdomen and wet lungs, I thought he was in congestive heart failure. He was roomed near me and it turns out that’s exactly what he has.”