Health Tip: Getting a Second Opinion
When you should talk to another doctor
(HealthDay News) -- If you've been diagnosed with a specific disease or health condition, you may be wondering if it's wise to consult another doctor for a second opinion. The Washington University School of Medicine offers these suggestions on when a second opinion is warranted:
- If your doctor has recommended surgery.
- If your doctor's diagnosis or recommendation doesn't sound credible to you, or if you're not comfortable with any treatment prescribed.
- If your doctor diagnoses you with a condition that's life-threatening.
- If your doctor recommends a particularly risky or invasive procedure, when a less complicated procedure is available.
- If you've been prescribed long-term medication or therapy.
- If your doctor can't make a diagnosis, or if the treatment prescribed isn't making you feel better.