This question can be a lifesaver if you are about to leave the emergency room with a diagnosis of a mild condition, when you went there in the first place because you were worried it might be something serious.
“Doctor, are you sure I don’t have ____[whatever it was that worried you] ?” [And if he says yes, ask this one.] “How did you determine I don’t have it?”
Know this: You can have a benign, mild medical problem AND ALSO have something serious and life-threatening AT THE SAME TIME. Many emergency doctors make a fatal mistake – fatal for the patient, not for the doctor – when they diagnose a patient as very likely having a mild condition, when they have not yet made sure the patient does not have a life-threatening problem. Even if the doctor is statistically correct that the odds of a mild problem (example: upset stomach causing heartburn and chest pain) are much higher than the odds of a serious condition (same chest pain but caused by heart attack), that is not a bet any patient wants to take, until the doctor has done all the tests reasonably possible to rule out the serious condition.
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