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Get the right advice

Having more than one health problem can be confusing. You may have problems understanding what you're supposed to do for each health problem.

Here are some examples:

  • One doctor may suggest a high protein diet for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), while another may want you to limit protein.
  • You may be told to use corticosteroid medicines for COPD, but also to avoid them because you have diabetes.
  • One doctor may want you to exercise a certain way, but another one may say you need to avoid exercise.
  • One doctor may suggest a surgery at one hospital, but you may want to use another hospital.
  • One doctor may order a CT scan, but you think you just had one last month for another doctor.

If you receive different directions from different doctors:

  • Say so right away. Ask the one doctor to call the other and talk about the best approach.
  • Contact your primary care doctor. Ask him or her to help you find what you need to do.
  • Remember that it's your team, and your wishes are important. For example, if a hospital close to you and one farther away have the same care, tell your team that distance matters when choosing a hospital.
  • Don't act until you are sure. For example, if you think you've just had a test, don't schedule another until you know whether you need it or already have had it.
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Last Updated: April 02, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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