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I never went to the doctor until I was 45 unless I had an injury that required a doctor.  Now I go every year and don't really mind it at all.  I recommend 45 as a good starting point for an annual visit unless you feel like you've got obvious issues.  My doctor is a good guy and makes the visit simple.  He'll ask me to stop smoking cigars and I'll say no and then we'll get on with the rest of the poking and prodding.  My consumption has gone up a lot so I'm curious if that will show up somehow in the tests.  Shingles vaccine will be on the menu this time for sure - thanks to Ken's accounts of his experiences.  😬

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Around 2012 I had to go through a full check for a job.  I felt great after, I was on top of dental etc etc and my mind was worry free

About 6mths before the pandemic, I had a brief window of time off work where I wanted a to do a full 'check up at 40'.  They basically gave me a blood test and told me to f-off.   

For as much talk that goes on about trying to get blokes to visit the doctor more, I found it really depressing that someone looks at the computer monitor, see's you haven't seen a doctor in a decade, and they tries to kick you out the door before you even open your mouth,  let alone any other orifice!.    

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1 hour ago, SpecialK said:

Had my Colonoscomy 4 weeks back... way too much fun...the worst part of course is the night before "the night of a 1000 waterfalls"

I shit in a box rather than have them play peekaboo. Company called cologuard. Poop in box. Mail it back prepaid. Results in a week.

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45 minutes ago, Meesterjojo said:

I shit in a box rather than have them play peekaboo. Company called cologuard. Poop in box. Mail it back prepaid. Results in a week.

The box doesn’t remove polyps though.  My daughter works for them. They are developing more accurate rapid COVID tests as well.  Good company. 

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3 hours ago, 99call said:

 

For as much talk that goes on about trying to get blokes to visit the doctor more, I found it really depressing that someone looks at the computer monitor, see's you haven't seen a doctor in a decade, and they tries to kick you out the door before you even open your mouth,  let alone any other orifice!.    

You need to shop around for a doc and that also goes for specialists.

I have been lucky with docs. I have two I trust and who are detailed and empathetic. 

With specialists I have  great cardiologist but I sacked two electrophysiologists before I found one I liked. The first of those sat me down, kept writing away and said I had a 50% chance of making 5 years. He was a twat. F you. 

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, 99call said:

For as much talk that goes on about trying to get blokes to visit the doctor more, I found it really depressing that someone looks at the computer monitor, see's you haven't seen a doctor in a decade, and they tries to kick you out the door before you even open your mouth,  let alone any other orifice!.   

yeah, this was my experience getting a checkup at 40. the doc was rushed, minimized my concerns, and then said "see you in 5 years". i guess i'm fine??? 

35 minutes ago, El Presidente said:

I sacked two electrophysiologists before I found one I liked. The first of those sat me down, kept writing away and said I had a 50% chance of making 5 years. He was a twat. F you. 

i am alive because of modern medicine, but under no illusions. most doctors are arrogant and uninterested in anyone's opinion other than their own. wouldn't you love to work in a system with a huge support system designed to ensure your success? nurses, clerks, janitors, techs, orderlies, all there for you. probably hard not to get high on your own stink in that environment.

-dobbs

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Whilst those comments are amusing, you normally wouldn't be awake to give them if it was a colonoscopy, as they are usually done under a general anaesthetic. Most proctologists don't want you awake when they bring out the camera....

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A sigmoidoscopy, however, is usually done while you are awake. That procedure only looks at the lower part of the colon, and requires far less prep.

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5 hours ago, El Presidente said:

You need to shop around for a doc and that also goes for specialists.

I have been lucky with docs. I have two I trust and who are detailed and empathetic. 

With specialists I have  great cardiologist but I sacked two electrophysiologists before I found one I liked. The first of those sat me down, kept writing away and said I had a 50% chance of making 5 years. He was a twat. F you. 

I'm glad you showed such gusto Rob.  

Slightly different scenario here with the NHS, it was brilliant when I was a kid, but it is currently being purposefully hamstrung and suffercated by the government.  If feels odd to pay your taxes for a wonderful service, but then your own government is applying so much pressure to local GP's that they system starts to fail,..........then they go "see It's a failure!  thats why we need private healthcare".

I know heath shouldn't be political, and it would be stupid to personally suffer because of a principle,  but it does make things complicated.   Here in the UK a know lots of people who use private doctors as the initial consultation, then they take that analysis back to the NHS and go "here's whats wrong with me, I want you to sort it"

Nothing can be a more damning about whats going on with our health service than the New Zealand NHS Nurse who sat by the PM's death bed giving him round the clock care through corona virus, has since left her job due to "the lack of respect" and resource given by the government. 

I have another break coming up in Jan, so this time I'm not taking no for an answer, by hook or by crook i'm going to get a thorough fondling

 

1 hour ago, Fuzz said:

A sigmoidoscopy

'Ribbed for your pleasure!'     I'm not sure if this joke works in Aussie, but it used to be a sales line in the UK for condoms

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   When I got married, almost 30 years ago, I got on my wife's health insurance plan. I've had regular visits with a GP ever since. Long history of prostate disease and skin cancer in my family so I have annual screenings. The dermatologist is my least favorite visit. Too often there is a tiny little thing that she hacks off and every once in a while there is a littler tiny thing that requires the services of a general surgeon. Despite the size of the incisions there is very little discomfort and I count myself lucky to be able to get good care.

   On the prostate subject, suffice it to say that I have seen the worst of it.  What ever indignities I must suffer in order to catch it as early as possible I'll gladly take. 

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Ive struggled mightily to engage with our $$$$$$ based health care system here in the states, a visit to the doctor feels about the same as a visit to a seedy used car lot these days. My family moved roughly half way across the country when I was 12, before that my grandfather was my dentist and his best friend/hunting buddy was my doctor. I trusted both unshakingly and both where spectacular people and doctors. I didnt have any serious ailments when I was a kid, but they both helped me through the standard broken bones/teeth, stitches, etc.

Fast forward to my new "Doctor" in CO and the change was astounding. The new GP was about 30 years younger than my grandfather and instantly had me and one of my brothers on medications, after literally the first visit with him. Maybe 15 minutes of actual interaction was all it took for him to put me on the highest possible dose of an very strong "anti anxiety" medicine. I was 13 and had just moved across the country before starting middle school, of course I was anxious. That shit set me back several years, it took me almost 18 months to slowly ween off it without side affects. It was medical malpractice at worse, complete incompetence at best. 

I caught a nasty stomach bug in Cuba a couple years ago, bad. I steadily lost weight for the last 8 days of the trip(hiking pico turquino probably didn't help). I also got the regular old flu at some point during my transit home from Cuba. I had one day of feeling normal when I got home, then the normal flu hit. By the time I shook that about 10 days later I was down to 143 pounds(I'm 6'-3") I usually walk around between 175-180. I didnt even think about going to the doctor for 1 second, during that entire ordeal. They'll either wheel me in, or I'm not going. I wish I could maintain myself like I do my cars. Haha

I'm sure there are good doctors out there, I used to know a few, but I have not had any luck in finding them myself. Granted, the bar was set very high by the level of care I received when I was young, but we should still be able to get that. Now that Big Business (Pharma and Insurance) have bribed our government into forcing a "treatment based" (not solution based) system on us its just a steady slide down hill. Worsening outcomes, higher costs, fewer choices. No thanks. 

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47 minutes ago, Fuzz said:

Isn't it supposed to be, "Ribbed for her pleasure"? Or are you like this?.....

It's seems i've always remembered it wrong,  like a collective 'your'.    but now I know the inside out trick......it's a whole different world. 

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