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Visiting the Doctor

As the withdrawal process can take some time, it is possible for people to develop other medical conditions. The question often comes up on the group(s) about what to do if you must see a doctor, have surgery, get a tooth filled, etc.

If you think something is occurring that is NOT related to the withdrawal, it is always best to see a doctor that you trust.

If you get a diagnosis, it is always wise to make sure it is a correct diagnosis that can be scientifically proved. If you have doubts about the diagnosis or treatment it is always OK to get a second opinion or to get tests redone.

If drugs are prescribed it is best to do your own research on them and ask any questions you may have. It is always appropriate to ask your doctor

-    if any drugs which are offered are absolutely necessary

-         if there is a more conservative treatment available

-         if there are any non-drug treatments available

-         what will happen if you do nothing

Many doctors are happy to offer non-drug treatments or allow a wait-and-see approach if the patient is not badgering them for a quick fix.

On having surgery, we suggest you refer to Dr. Ashton’s Manual which states that she sees no reason why a person need worry about a one-time dose of benzos or other drugs that may be used for the procedure.

On getting dental work done, where the patient needs an anaesthetic some people elect to ask their dentist not to use the epinephrine portion of the injection used for numbing gums. However, many others have simply let the dentist do his usual work and have had no problem whatsoever.

On taking other drugs, we refer to the FAQ, which says that there is always a chance that other drugs will worsen withdrawal in some of us. Please note the word, “SOME.” Usually, if a drug causes a worsening of your withdrawal symptoms, it is short-lived, so one can weigh the pros and cons on taking a drug and go from there. It is not wise to ignore medical conditions. Nor is it wise to accept what the doctor says without question. A good patient always does his/her research, asks about the alternatives, and makes the best decision they can.

Disclaimer:  The information contained in this website was not compiled by a doctor or anyone with medical training. The advice contained herein should not be substituted for the advice of a physician who is well-informed in the subject matter discussed. Before making any decisions about your health or treatment you should always confer with your physician and it is always assumed that you will do so.

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Last updated 22 July 2015