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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.
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