You are so relieved. You sigh a BIG sigh of relief.
"Thank God!!! I know what I have."
"I know what is wrong-I got a diagnosis."
You have pain, illness, or dysfunction. After various interventions and attempts to rectify the problem, you got your label. You and/or your doctor believe that EXPLAINS why you're sick or why your knee/ankle/shoulder/foot/hip/back hurts or why you always have a rash or why you're always hungry or not hungry or thirsty or dizzy or wobbly or have diarrhea!!!
Think again. Getting diagnosed is ONLY meaningful if you can answer this question: What is the CAUSE of my problem.
The CAUSE is NOT your DIAGNOSIS. Arthritis, stenosis, herniations, eczema, Bell's Palsy, tinnitus, heck, diarrhea is not the CAUSE. Whatever is CAUSING the arthritis, stenosis, herniations, eczema, diarrhea etc is the CAUSE. Those labels are not the CAUSE. Those labels are symptoms.
Symptoms are not The Cause
Having your medical or pain problem labeled with a word even a Latin word is not all that useful.
So you stop there. You stop right there, satisfied that what you have is that Latin thing, that label, that medical term that you might Google.
You might say, "now wait a minute, a diagnosis is VERY critical to the treatment." Not entirely because many times once the diagnosis is decided upon the next step is to open the Merck Manual and choose a drug.
My opinion is....this procedure of being given a medical term, even a Latin term or diagnosis only, could in time potentially be very instrumental in KILLING you!!!!
Yes, true, you could get hit by a bus.
You could also die a slow horrible death because YOU didn't take responsibility and use common sense to buck the current system EVEN a LITTLE bit.
ASK WHY you have (fill in the blank with the diagnosis label) and DON'T GIVE IN UNTIL YOU GET THE FULL and COMPLETE ANSWER.
Catee Ingwersen is an Egoscue certified Posture Alignment Specialist and Licensed Massage Therapist.