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Old 05-03-2011, 06:22 PM   #1
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Why are men afraid to go the doctors?

It's something I've noticed all through my life. Women will almost always go to get a check-up from their GP if there's something out of the ordinary. But men seem to ignore it if there's something slightly wrong until the symptoms get more serious, which by then of course is a much bigger problem.

My housemate told me his **** had been soil black the last two times he went to the toilet and that he also had stomach cramps. I've been trying to convince him to go the doctors but he keeps on saying he'll 'just wait'.

So what do you reckon it is? Fear that it reminds you that you're not invincible? Embarrasment? Laziness?

Because from my point of view it's win/win if you go the doctors. If it's nothing then it will be a weight off your mind and if it is serious then you have caught it as early as possible. I always go to see my GP if there is something worrying me.

Anyone got any other good examples of male friends/family putting off seeking medical help?
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:26 PM   #2
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Re: Why are men afraid to go the doctors?

OMG and what about asking for directions right??? YEAH!

But really, f that because it costs $.
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:39 PM   #3
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Re: Why are men afraid to go the doctors?

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OMG and what about asking for directions right??? YEAH!

But really, f that because it costs $.
well asking for directions would hurt our male pride so that'[s obv out of the question

Healthcare is publically funded in the UK where I live so it wouldn't cost him zip to go.

But seriously, you don't think having blood in your **** and stomach cramps is a good enough reason to go the doctors?
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:51 PM   #4
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Re: Why are men afraid to go the doctors?

Slippery slope. I've had blood in my **** a couple of times. Unless it's massive, I don't bother. And lo and behold, it went away after a short time. Strangely, this coincided with me eating **** tons and taking huge dumps.

See also: hypochondria. Note the slippery slope thing. And GPs know jack **** about a lot of stuff.
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:08 PM   #5
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Re: Why are men afraid to go the doctors?

Because it costs money (here at least) and most of the time things correct themselves on their own.

I will agree I'm a poosy when it comes to going to the doc though. Something about the whole experience has just always creeped me out. On top of that, a lot of doctors don't know WTF they are talking about in my experience...yet most people never think to question them.

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Old 05-03-2011, 07:17 PM   #6
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Re: Why are men afraid to go the doctors?

Going to the dentist:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPQ7KMCrPLE
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:09 PM   #7
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Re: Why are men afraid to go the doctors?

I went to a doctor after I kept passing out after trying to exercise(3 laps in a pool, I threw up and fell in the locker room)

The doctor said it was my diet and recommended The South Beach Diet.


Why don't I like going to the doctors? Because a lot of them aren't very smart.
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:15 PM   #8
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Re: Why are men afraid to go the doctors?

why go to the doctor when you can just use google? all a doctor is going to do is listen to your symptoms then pull out one of his manuals and see what the symptoms mean. but now we all have access to those manuals there is no reason to go speak with the keeper of the manuals personally.

the only thing I cant do is run a blood test on someone. everytime one of my friends or family members is sick I just type it into google and I get a 100% accurate diagnosis. then they go to a doctor and pay him $100 copay just to hear him say " im not sure what it is take some tyelenol and come back to me ( and pay another$100) if the symptoms dont go away in a month. but by then its too late because they died of a brain tumor.
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:16 PM   #9
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Re: Why are men afraid to go the doctors?

did he take pepto bismal for stomach cramps?
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:27 PM   #10
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Re: Why are men afraid to go the doctors?

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Slippery slope. I've had blood in my **** a couple of times. Unless it's massive, I don't bother. And lo and behold, it went away after a short time. Strangely, this coincided with me eating **** tons and taking huge dumps.

See also: hypochondria. Note the slippery slope thing. And GPs know jack **** about a lot of stuff.
I don't mean going for every small niggle. But stuff like in the link below, cancer is a big one where men are really late to go get something done about it

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8154200.stm

Yeah I can understand it putting you off when you're paying $100 to get something you could have found on the internet. But in Britain it's free.

Also if you don't think what the doctor said is correct just ask to see a consultant or something. This happened to me, I had something wrong with my ear and the regular doctor kept telling me it was ok, I asked to see a consultant and he told me I needed an operation quite soon to prevent permanent damage. But I guess that would cost you again in most places?
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:36 PM   #11
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Re: Why are men afraid to go the doctors?

did he drink pepto bismal for his upset stomach?
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:42 PM   #12
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did he drink pepto bismal for his upset stomach?
nah, why? does that make your **** go black?
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:52 PM   #13
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Re: Why are men afraid to go the doctors?

I'm not "afraid" of it at all, but it simply doesn't seem worth the time/effort to me.

Also your OP seems to have a lot of faith in doctors....they're just normal people who learned a bunch of **** in the same schools and same classes we all went to. I've gone to a doctor twice that I can recall in my adult life...once was for something called alopecia areta(positive I butchered that spelling) where I started losing tiny patches of hair off the back of my scalp. The doctor told me it was due to stress and to wait a while and see if it goes away. other time was for damaged ulnar nerve in my arm/wrist/hand/fingers....doctor told me to take some anti-inflamatory medicine and ice it. Both times I considered it a total waste of a trip, and I even had to pay $100+ once due to being a poker player and not having insurance.
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:17 PM   #14
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Re: Why are men afraid to go the doctors?

Best reason to go to a doctor is when you need a prescription. What are your other options, get pills from Saudia Arabia in a paper envelope? Meh.
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:34 PM   #15
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Re: Why are men afraid to go the doctors?

Here's another example of why I hate going to the doctor:

I'm on TRT and wanted to talk to my doc about switching prescriptions. I called in and asked if I should get a blood test before coming in because it's pretty obv to me that it's going to be necessary. They said "nah just go ahead and come in". I make an appointment and pay the $40 copay just to hear "well we're going to need a blood test before I can do anything". $#$@...so tilting.

On top of that, I always have to inform HER of any new studies, protocols, etc that are proving to be effective for others. WTF? That's supposed to be her specialty...why am I even paying her? Oh yeah...just so she can scribble on a piece of paper so I can pick up my script.
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