They can handle the truth
When it comes to your health, staying informed is key. In their own words, here are 16 medical tips that doctors and nurses of Reddit believe everyone would be better off knowing:
"Nurse here. If you're an alcoholic that's admitted to the hospital, don't lie about how much you drink. There are drugs we can give you to take the edge off of withdrawals. It's safer for you and safer for us. We're not judging you; we have safety in mind." Learn the things 8 former alcoholics wish they'd known.
"Just don't lie to us," adds another medical professional. "We don't judge you...Remember always, we've seen something far, far worse."
Make sure an "emergency" is just that
Syda Productions/Shutterstock"ER doc here. Medical fact...'Emergency' means potential loss of life, limb, or eyesight. It does NOT mean inconvenience, irritation, or chronic condition. Your sore throat evaluation in the emergency department is gonna cost you $1,000; go to Urgent Care."
"I've seen countless number of people...go to the ER for non-emergent issues, like splinter removal or the common cold," adds an ER nurse. "And they get billed a ridiculous amount of money for their ER trip. Some of these people...don't realize that their bodies will take care of these issues on their own. Urgent Care facilities are vastly underused."These are 50 more secrets emergency room doctors won't tell you.
Watch your weight
Rostislav Sedlacek/Shutterstock"Keep an eye on your weight. Rapid unintentional weight loss is often a sign something serious is up."
"Or [weight] gain," adds another Redditor. "I was in the ER last night. Overheard [the] guy in front of me [say] that he gained around 30 pounds in two weeks and could no longer walk. Based off his swollen abdomen and wet lungs, I thought he was in congestive heart failure. He was roomed near me and it turns out that's exactly what he has."
Immune system to the rescue
Subbotina Anna/Shutterstock"Your immune system is one of the greatest assets you have, and you never thank it. In your life, your body will autonomously eradicate between six to 10 cancers without your realizing. It will fight your infections, repair microtraumas, and police the entire population of billions of cells in your body without your asking.
"All it requests in return is a little bit of health to preserve it. Stop smoking, lose weight. Maybe exercise a little. Don't drink so much. Your diet is so much more important than you realize." Here are some easy ways to protect your immune system.
No, it's not "all in your head"
Stokkete/Shutterstock"Mental illness can be as serious as a physical one. Get treated. You wouldn't let a broken leg go."
Here are some more mental health myths that need to be busted right now.
"That aspirin might save your life"
Brian Yarvin/Shutterstock"Doc here. If you suspect a heart attack, take an aspirin or two. Not Ibuprofen, not paracetamol, not some other...analgesic/painkiller—an actual aspirin.
"Also get yourself to a hospital. But that aspirin might save your life....Chewing [the aspirin] is better, but if you swallow it whole that will also work in a pinch. It's much easier to remember 'take an aspirin,' especially if you're panicking, than to also worry about how to take it. Always keep things as simple as you can, and get the basics down first. In a pinch you are much more likely to recall a random person on Reddit saying 'heart attack = aspirin' than you are to also remember 'and don't forget to chew.'"
CPR is not like the movies
spkphotostock/Shutterstock"When you suspect whoever is lying down is not breathing by themselves, begin CPR immediately (here's how) AND DO NOT STOP until [a] medical professional arrives, even if this means that you have to go on for several hours. We do not perform CPR to have the patient miraculously wake up and make out with us; we do this to sustain the most vital bodily function—the circulation of oxygen to the brain—until we can get that person to a hospital." Learn how one woman's coworkers saved her life with CPR.