The Dangers of Self-Diagnosis and Treatment

Ever heard the phrase “The man who represents himself has a fool for a client?”

While that old adage is applied to the legal profession, the same can be said about patients who attempt to diagnose and treat their own illnesses and injuries. Especially when their symptoms indicate they’re dealing with something that could be serious.

The internet has made it easy for us to research our own health issues and become educated patients (which, mind you, is a very good thing), but it has also made it easy to misdiagnose and inaccurately treat those medical conditions.

That may not be dangerous with a common cold, but if you have (or think you have):

–           Shingles

–           Diabetic neuropathy

–           Post-chemotherapy neuropathy

–           Guillian-Barre Syndrome

–           Peripheral neuropathy

You could be doing your body irreparable harm by not consulting a specialist, like your local NeuropathyDR® clinician, for proper diagnosis and treatment. By researching and treating on your own, you’re wasting valuable time and when you’re dealing with neuropathy or any condition that involves nerve damage, you don’t have time to waste.

The delay in obtaining medical treatment could make a small problem much, much worse.  Once that window for early treatment is gone, you can never get it back.  Treating on your own is an excellent example of being penny wise and pound foolish.

Here are just a few of the things that can happen when you diagnose and treat on your own[1]:

–           You could be wrong about the diagnosis and taking medications that you don’t need.     That not only means that you’re not “curing” yourself, you could be making matters  worse.

–          You could be right about the diagnosis but taking the wrong medications.

–          You could be right about the diagnosis but need prescription medication in the appropriate strength to address your symptoms.

–          You could be putting yourself at risk for serious drug interactions with other medicines you’re taking (especially if you’re taking over the counter medicines without medical supervision).

–          You could be fixing one problem with over the counter medications but making another problem worse or even creating a new problem.

–          You could be missing the root cause of the problem – particularly in cases of neuropathy when you don’t have access to x-rays to determine if subluxation or joint misalignments are causing or contributing to your problem.

–          Finally, you could be putting yourself at risk for serious nerve damage.  There is no way you can determine if your nerves have been compromised without proper diagnostic testing.

By contacting your health care provider or your local NeuropathyDR® clinician, you can be appropriately tested.  Once you know exactly what condition your condition is and the extent of your nerve damage, if any, you can begin an effective course of treatment.  The sooner the better to lessen the chance of permanent nerve damage.

You Need to Seek Professional Care

Treating on your own is a classic example of being penny wise and pound foolish[2].  You may save a little money up front but it’s going to cost you more in the long run when your health care provider has to play catch up and try to fix the harm done by delaying proper treatment.

If you have symptoms of any of the illnesses we talked about above (especially diabetes), it is vital that you seek professional medical care.

We recommend treatment with a NeuropathyDR® clinician.  They have training in a very specific treatment protocol designed to treat patients with peripheral neuropathy and the many conditions that cause it.

If you choose treatment with a NeuropathyDR® clinician, he or she will evaluate your spine and the skeletal system paying particular attention to the area where you’re experiencing pain.  You cannot do that type of evaluation on your own.

If you are suffering from peripheral neuropathy as a result of shingles, chemotherapy, metabolic syndrome, or even diabetes, your nerves are probably being affected by misalignments too.  The benefit of treating with a NeuropathyDR® clinician is that they can give you an adjustment to realign the skeletal system so that your nerves are not being adversely affected.  That will not only help alleviate your pain and other neuropathy symptoms, it will decrease the chance of long term nerve damage leading to peripheral neuropathy.

In addition to a chiropractic and/or physical therapy to realign the spine and support proper functioning of your nervous system, your NeuropathyDR® clinician will advise you on proper nutrition and a diet plan to give your body what it needs to heal.

Early treatment provided by a specialist familiar with peripheral neuropathy will make it much easier for your body to repair itself and lessen your chance of developing permanent nerve damage as a result of peripheral neuropathy.

Before you try to diagnose and treat yourself, we hope you’ll consider the potential harm you could doing to your body.  And make the right choice – seek professional diagnosis and treatment.  Time is of the essence in repairing and protection your nerves.

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