"Why is my doctor giving me thyroid medication for thyroid nodules?": Who Should Answer?
May I introduce my visitors to Medpedia, a great resource site for medical information and discussion for medical professionals, patients and organizations? There is a section on Questions, the answers provided by professionals. As an example and to start a new topic on my blog, here is the question asked by a visitor to Medpedia and my answer. The question “Why is my doctor giving me thyroid medication for thyroid nodules?” interested me in wondering whether the patient first asked the question to her own physician and if not, why not. Or if she did, was she satisfied with the response or simply wanted to check up on the doctor’s response? Read my response and write here what your own experience has been about being able to ask questions and get understandable answers from your physicians. No names please. ..Maurice.
"Why is my doctor giving me thyroid medication for thyroid nodules?" That is an important question but one that shouldn't and really can't be fully answered on Medpedia. Physician education of the patient with regard to the nature and treatment of their disorder is as important in the practice of medicine as making the diagnosis and beginning treatment. Therefore, the question should really have been asked to and answered by the patient's own physician. The patient's understanding about their disease and their treatment is one major important factor to assure patient ongoing cooperation and compliance. There is no substitute. If the doctor can't explain, as a patient I would be concerned. Paternalism ("I know what is best for you so just do as I say") is no longer the mantra of modern physicians.