One of the most common questions that patients have for their health care provider is "How can I get better?" This is a simple question with many answers. Here is my list of things you can do:
1. Educate yourself, learn your options
Learn about your diagnosis, learn about your health. Learn the different treatments that patients undergo and what the outcomes, side effects and benefits are. Learn what your health care will pay for (if you have it) and why.
2. Don’t depend on a single health care provider alone, find other opinions and options
MDs disagree often about the best way to treat a patient (sometimes despite standards of care), so find out what different doctors say. Then expand to all the other disciplines: Acupuncturists, Herbalists, Chiropractors, Energy Workers, Massage Therapists, etc… All or any of these might be able to help. Just because your Doctor or Acupuncturist or Naturopath is someone you trust, it doesn’t mean they have all of the solutions. A good physician is not afraid to make referrals. Any or all of the health care professionals you speak to may be able to help you!
3. Take care of your emotional, spiritual and mental health too
Most of us neglect these in some way. It can feel better to say “the problem is with my lungs” (and nothing else), but we are holistic beings and need to take care of all aspects of ourselves. Many of us could benefit from seeing therapists, pastors or spiritual healers to heal the effects and causes of our ill health. (Our friends might not say it out loud, but they agree.)
4. Eat well and exercise regularly
Look into this if you haven’t already. I favor the chinese approach, see my article on the subject. Moderate exercise (Qigong!) suggested.
5. If you are not getting better, try something different.
Your options may truly be infinite, because there are millions of healing professionals on this planet. Many of us are shy about trying new things (I am!), but we often need to.