This is a touchy subject: men often don't care for going to the doctor (in general), so how do they overcome the fear of getting their prostates checked?
I know my own father never much thought about his prostate health and he was examined by mere luck, since he exhibited no signs of a prostate problem. But what about men who are having issues?
Identifying the Issue(s)
The first step in getting help is to identify what is happening. Is there a problem with going to the bathroom? Urinary hesitation or incontinence? Is there any pain with urination or otherwise? Honing in on what is wrong helps a patient to know what to tell a doctor. This is a time to be specific and direct. These issues may at first seem embarrassing, but doctors-- especially urologists--- deal with such issues on a daily basis. I remember my dad telling me about his doctor ordering some prostate procedures that sounded quite delicate. I reminded him that they were nessesary and it was great that the doctor was so specific and candid with him. Certainly this urologist was not embarrassed by any of this, and he didn't need to be either.
Seeking Medical Help
Finding a compassionate doctor is not always easy. It took my father a number of tries before he found a sympathetic physician who was in tune with seniors' needs. A great way to find a trusted doctor is to look for referrals from family and friends. Ask for help to find a doctor who has already pleased a loved one. If you already have a trusted physician, then you are one step ahead.
Bring all of your concerns, current symptoms, and medical history to this person. They will be the first step in getting you the proper treatment.
Bringing a Loved One With You For Support
If you need moral support, it's a good idea to bring a trusted mate, family member, or friend with you when you seek medical help. This person can also function as a sounding board for your fears/frustrations. My dad had my mom to help him through the first doctor's appointments. She also served as a support system to help him manage his fears. He also had a trusted old friend who went through prostate cancer himself, so he was able to give my dad information from a first-hand point of view.
The person/people you confide in can also help you take notes at the doctor's visit(s.) Bringing someone along can give you a second set of ears to remember what the doctor says. This person may also take notes to keep a record of what is going on, in case you or they forget. Most importantly: it's always nice to have someone in your corner.
Published On: June 08, 2010