The issue of why people don’t talk to their GPs, especially men, is one that I would love to address.
Why would we rather hide things than speak to someone who can help us and address the issues at hand?
Is it the embarrassment factor that holds us back? Doctors have seen plenty and I would imagine they are pretty unshockable when it comes to health matters.
As someone who pledged to be open and honest about my depression and related illnesses here is a list of things that I have seen my Dr about recently that would be embarrassing to others.
These are not embarrassing to me because I have done them but believe me at the time it was
1) Telling the Dr about how often I have “accidents” from IBS.
Talking about #2 is never an easy subject to bring up. Trust me it is easier to talk about than telling people that you shit yourself a lot!
For a lighthearted look at “poop” watch this video
2) Erection problems
Ok stop giggling yes i said erection
The biggest and most difficult issue for a man to talk about – especially to a male Dr!
But alas I had to make an appointment and tell the Dr that the meds he had prescribed me had sent “Garry Senior” into hibernation*
I would rather stand in the center circle of a packed wembley stadium and announce I had soiled myself than have to speak to another person about problems with my manhood!
But I did it because I needed to.
3) Finding a lump on my left testicle
Probably even more embarrassing because this involved actual prodding and touching! Not just by the Dr but by the specialist and eventually the surgical team who had to remove the lump, which turned out to be a cyst.
It has left a nice scar but I decided for the sake of your eyes not to upload a picture 😀
4) Explaining that I wanted to kill myself
Embarrassing because men are meant to be the strong ones aren’t we? what a load of phooey! Best thing I ever done was admit how bad things had become for me.
Why am I sharing these with you?
It is because if I can have the strength to speak to my Dr about these things then why can’t someone like you?
I am no different to any other person out there, if you need help go and ask for it. It will not come and find you.
I can assure you that your Dr has seen it or heard it all before!
Remember asking for help is a sign of strength not a sign of weakness and it could be the best thing you have ever done and be the start of the recovery you was desperate for.
* Garry senior is not his real name. 😀