Unusual "Prescriptions:" Strange Advice from Health Professionals
All month I’ve been writing on serious subjects, so I thought it might be fun to end the month on a somewhat lighter note. Over the years, I’ve heard all kinds of unusual advice that health care professionals have given to patients. Some of the advice is good but just a bit odd; some is funny, and some is downright shocking.
One doctor’s recommendation I recently heard about falls into the "You’ve got to be kidding me" cagegory. My memory fails me right now as to exactly where I heard or read it, but I remember that a woman went to her doctor about a chronic pain problem and he told her she just needed to go home and have sex with her husband. Unbelievable! Fortunately, most doctors are not that insensitive and crass.
Many years ago, I went to a chiropractor who gave me what is perhaps the most unusual "prescription" I’ve ever received. He told me not to read or watch anything negative. I was not to read a newspaper or watch the news on TV. No sad movies were allowed either. He was a firm believer in the healing power of a positive attitude so he wanted me to surround myself with only positive input.
As strange as it sounds, that actually turned out to be pretty good advice. Of course, for the next few years, I was fairly ignorant about world events, but I did learn the benefits of maintaining a positive frame of mind. Since then I’ve learned how to filter negative input and not allow it to take up residence in my mind.
Have you ever gotten any unusual advice from a doctor, nurse, or other health care professional? If so, how did it affect you? Was it good advice or did its insensitivity border on cruelty? Please click on "Comment" below and share your unusual "prescription."
Karen is the co-founder of the National Fibromyalgia Association. She wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Pain Management.