Run to the Doctor, or Tough it Out?

Posted by Mrs Money on June 3rd, 2010

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Since last Thursday, I’ve been under the weather. I have what I think may be a sinus infection. This past weekend when I was visiting family, I couldn’t fall asleep and my mom thought I needed to go to the emergency room. I thought about the fact that the only thing the doctors would probably do is give me a prescription for an antibiotic and send me home. I really don’t like taking antibiotics, so I decided I would keep taking the over the counter medication I was taking and tough it out.

I’m still sick.

I did talk with my neighbor who is a pediatrician and she seems to think that I’ll be fine with doing what I’m doing. I just wish it would go away! Sinus problems are not fun.

When I first started feeling bad, my husband told me to go to the doctor. Any time I complain about feeling tired, nauseated, hurt, etc. he always tells me to do so. If I went to the doctor every time something small was wrong, I’d be in the doctor’s office every other day!

Another reason I didn’t end up going to the emergency room while I was in Michigan (besides the fact I didn’t think it was an emergency) was that it was out of network. I told my hubby that and he thought it was silly to put money before my health. I was just trying to weigh out my options, you know?

Mr. Money and I are on totally different ends of the spectrum when it comes to visiting the doctor. I don’t like going at all unless it’s absolutely necessary. Like I said before, he’s urging me at a sniffle to make a trip to see the doc.

What do you do- do you try to tough it out or do you go to the doctor and see what can be done?

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40 Responses to “Run to the Doctor, or Tough it Out?”


  1. Catherine says:

    I think it is very important to know your body and know your limitations. I’m fine with self medicating a cold or a twisted ankle, but when I sprained my ankle and couldn’t walk it off – I went to the doctor and found out I had a hair-line fracture! I could have really hurt myself trying to “walk it off”. Same thing with having a cold, if there is something out of the ordinary – it lasts longer than usual, coughing up blood, can’t sleep through the night due to pain – then it’s time for a doctor’s visit. I’m not sure what is to be done about the “health crisis” we are supposedly having in the US, but not taking health precautions because of money issues is not a good thing!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Catherine- Wow! That is crazy you had a hair line fracture. Scary!

    I think I’m on the mend now. If I don’t feel better tomorrow afternoon, I’m going to go in. I went and talked to a pharmacist and he said it could be allergies aggravating it too, so I got an antihistamine. He also said I should move because allergies are horrible here. ;)

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  2. Kacie says:

    I think it depends on how lousy you feel. I mean obviously you feel pretty bad, or this wouldn’t even come up on your blog. I don’t think you seem to get sick much…right?

    And if you DO need an antibiotic, better start it so you can just get it over with. I know they are annoying but sometimes they’re needed.

    And probiotics if you do!

    If you dont’ want to go to your doctor maybe you could stop in the Minute Clinic at Walgreens or something?

    What natural remedies have you tried?

    I say if you still feel this way or worse tomorrow, get your butt in. xoxo

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Kacie- It’s weird because it seems like I’ve gotten quite a few sinus infections (or at least problems) in the past 6 months. Of course, where we live is HORRIBLE for allergies.

    I’ve tried the neti pot and this stuff called Wellness Formula. Of course, I am not patient so I took Sudafed and Kroger brand severe cold. I think I need to just give it time. ;) I am feeling better than I was. I’m just annoyed! Lol

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  3. H Lee D says:

    Unless your symptoms are severe, this is the advice I got from a nurse practitioner:

    3 days build-up, 3 days full-on, 3 days taper; after that if you’re still sick, go to the doctor

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    H Lee D- I am hoping I’m on the three days taper! I really think that I am. I can’t wait to be over this!

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  4. I definitely try and tough it out, and my SO always tells me to head to the doctor at the slightest ailment! I love my neti pot, have you been using one? I truly think it helps relieve a lot of sinus problems. That and Vitamin C plus lots of rest usually does the trick for me!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Chloe- Those men! ;) I’ve been using it but it’s not doing anything. I don’t know why. I’ll have to take some extra vitamin c!

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  5. Dr Dean says:

    Now remember my specialty (day job, not blogging) when you read this….

    I agree your symptoms were probably not worth an ER visit.

    But chronic sinus infections sometime require antibiotic therapy.

    Nasal irrigation, (Neti-pot or bulb syringe) is a great supplement to OTC meds for symptomatic relief!

    I don’t think there is a good rule of thumb on when you need a physician visit, but usually common sense rules!! Also a call to the nurse at your doc’s office can help you decide.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Dr Dean- I hate when people abuse the ER so I stayed home. I had trouble breathing but I figured they couldn’t do much for me any way! ;)

    I’m going to keep doing the neti pot and just wait it out. I think part of my problem is that I want it gone NOW and it needs time to work itself out of my system!

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  6. Jackie says:

    It totally depends on the circumstances for me. If it’s just something annoying, I usually tough it out. If it’s something that could cause long-term damage, that I clearly need prescription medication to clear up, or that I’m clueless about, I’ll go to the doctor.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Jackie- I think I’m going to tough it out. I am hoping the worst is over! ;)

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  7. Jessica says:

    I, due to money restrictions, have been looking into home remedies for many ailments lately. Honestly, I have been so shocked and surprised to find out how much more I prefer the natural remedies. Sinus problems being a frequent and big one for me. I have become a super huge fan of the neti pot. I have also learned that apple cider vinegar and local honey are amazing things! (Often sinus issues result from allergies and local honey has the pollens from your area and it will end up helping sinuses.) Just take a spoonful of honey everyday and you will be amazed at the difference. It is hard to choke down, but it is worth it. No processed stuff in my body and I will tell you I feel so much better than I was when taking the medicines. Of course, there have been a couple things that my home remedies were unable to figure out for me – I learned that it is possible to get eczema in your ear and needed a doctor to help me out. I have also tried a couple home remedies that did not work. However, my chronic sinus issues have gone away completely and I have not seen a doctor for them in over 3 years now. I am a convert and I always turn to the Internet for home remedies long before I go to the doctor! It has cut down on some serious expenses! I do the same for my children, too, unless it is severe. My son, for example, has asthma, and I do not wait around to try out home remedies when he starts having trouble breathing. I do wish there were some home remedy for that one, but until then, I will stick with modern medicine for severe needs.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Jessica- You have used apple cider vinegar for allergies and sinus problems? I’ll have to give that a try. I love honey! I’ll have to get some good local honey. Thanks so much for the tips!

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  8. Karen says:

    Aw man, so sorry you’re not feeling well. :(

    I think I’m somewhere between you and your hubby on this one. I don’t like taking antibiotics unless it’s necessary, and I always give my body a chance to kick an illness on its own before going to the doctor.

    But if it’s been over a week, and I don’t seem to be improving at all, I take that as a sign that my body needs some help, and I head to the doctor. I’m not anti-antibiotics. I think they’re necessary to kick certain bacterial infections. But I HATE the fact that doctors preemptively prescribe them for viruses “just in case.”

    If you already have a bacterial sinus infection, though, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with taking something to help your body kick it, especially since it will speed up the healing process immensely.

    Whatever you do, though, don’t go to the ER unless you really are having an EMERGENCY! Even if you’re uncomfortable, something like a sinus infection can usually wait until the morning when your GP can see you, and you’ll spend WAY less for the care. I was just billed $650 for an ER visit and all they did was diagnose me with a bladder infection. I probably would have paid $100 at a regular doctor. Doh.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Karen- WOW! That is super expensive. I ruled out the ER because it would have been out of network and I didn’t think it was a true emergency. That’s a lot of money for going to the ER!

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  9. I think after a week of not feeling well, it’s definitely time to go to the doctor. I don’t like to run right to the doctor every time I feel under the weather, but if I have symptoms for more than a few days (or if it’s a really severe or painful sickness/injury), I’ll suck it up and go.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Rainy-Day Saver- I’m hoping I’m on the tail end of it. I am going to keep taking the stuff and drinking lots of water. Hopefully that will help kick it out of my system! :)

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  10. SHL says:

    I tough things out as much as possible. I did have a scare one time that prompted me to go to the ER. Fortunately, everything was fine, but it made me more aware of my body and how it functions. I pay close attention to what my body tells me now, and if nothing else, I go to the doctor about twice a year for a physical.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    SHL- I think that’s a good rule of thumb. That reminds me-I need to go in for a physical! :)

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  11. pajesh says:

    no insurance..no DR. period..sad but true

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    pajesh- :(

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  12. Evan says:

    I hate the doctor/er/modern medicine. Much to the dismay of The Wife and my mom I almost refuse to take any medication. So unless I was near death none of that stuff is coming near me

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Evan- LOL. I can imagine how that may drive your wife crazy. ;) I’ll bet you’ll be a lot healthier in the long run, though!

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  13. Unless I’ve got something really terrible I usually just tough it out. I think people overuse antibiotics and I’d rather not take them unless absolutely necessary.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    SMT- I agree. I hate the overuse of antibiotics.

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  14. Deirdre says:

    I don’t do either one – I go for acupuncture and treat the cause, not the symptoms…

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Deirdre- It’s funny because on the day that it was the worst, that’s what I wanted was acupuncture. I wanted some needles in my face because I knew it would relieve pressure and make me feel better. I should probably go do that instead of anything else!

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  15. Jenny says:

    I hate going too! I can’t even remember the last time I went to the doctor for a sick visit, and my kids have never been either. Around here, we turn on a humidifier, cut out dairy, caffeine and sugar (as much as possible), drink lots of water and try to rest until we’re better. My husband likes the Neti Pot for its instant relief but I don’t use it unless I’m really desperate. I’m not that knowledgeable about the many different herbs that could be useful in a given situation, but I’ve been meaning to do some more reading on the subject and make a visit to the food co-op to stock up on the basic stuff. My midwife recommended Raising a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor. Most of the info in this type of book can be used for adults as well. I hope you feel better soon!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Jenny- Thanks for all the suggestions! I think the humidifier is very beneficial, as well as cutting out sugar, dairy, and caffeine. Sugar and caffeine make me crazy any way. ;)

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  16. Akborn says:

    I was going to mention what my mom told me to do for my son(he seems to have allergies or at lest sinus issues). But I see someone mentioned it already, which is the honey local to ur area as it can build up your immunity. She was telling mr to cut out all sugar, and replace it with the honey. And I been meaning to do this.
    I personally don’t have the money to go to the doctor let alone the ER lol. So I tend to tough it out. I also don’t like drugs much so I tend to put of taking anything including OTC stuff though I am addicted to Vicks. I can only imagin how bad that stuff is lol.
    Well best of luck hope ur on the mend. Kind of sounds like you might be:-)
    I haven’t paid much attention but you must be in Colorado. My mom-in-law from there she always complained how she would suffer the worse hayfever/etc lol she said that’s another reason why she loves Alaska. Lol though this spring in my area has been killer in pollen. Broke some records I guess.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Akborn- We’re actually not in Colorado right now but will be soon. :) Where we live is known to be really really horrible for allergies! I am thinking about going to get some raw local honey today. I am just tired of this! :( I’m going to come stay with you for a little while. :)

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  17. I try to tough it out for two or three days and then make an appointment. I just rather get the strong meds that kill it quickly than suffer, but I only get sick once or twice a year and my doctor is awesome, so I am biased.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Budgeting in the Fun Stuff- It seems like I’ve been getting a lot of sinus problems lately. I know part of it is because of where we live. I am just trying to find out what the other reasons could be :(

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  18. I like that rule of thumb from H Lee D. I was sick a few weeks ago and not getting better after 8 days so went to the doctor. It was the first time I was on antibiotics in quite a while but the URI had become bronchitis.

    I’m glad you’re feeling better but if you have allergies you might want to get prescription allergy treatment. I have flonase which helps a lot.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Bucksome- It’s weird because I’ve never had problems with allergies before until recently. Where we live is horrible for allergies. I am going to get some local, raw honey today and give that a try. If I go to the dr I’ll have to ask about Flonase. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  19. I think Mr.Money might be more fond of Canadian health regulations. ;)

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  20. Recently I broke my toe. I think I did, anyway. It had all the symptoms. But aside from taping it (which I could do myself), what would the doctor have done besides tell me to ice it and stay off it (which I did)? It seemed like a waste of resources to go to my HMO.
    If it’s kosher to post URLs, I blogged about this:
    http://www.donnafreedman.com/2010/05/17/inattention-can-cost-you-ask-me-how-i-know/
    The HMO has a phone line staffed by nurses who will listen to symptoms and suggest whether or not you should come in. I appreciate that.
    However, I would like to add my voice to those who said “listen to your body.” Sometimes the nurses/docs are wrong. When my daughter was a college student she had symptoms similar to flu and, in fact, there was a flu-like illness going around her university. But it turned out to be Guillain-Barre syndrome — and a few hours after an emergency-room resident tried to send her home, she went into respiratory failure and had to be entubated and, later, given a tracheotomy. She was on a ventilator for a couple of months.
    If she’d gone back to her dorm room, she’d likely be dead now. And during the week leading up to this crisis, she KNEW something was really wrong — but no one would believe her. They thought she was a drama queen.
    Listen to your body, folks, and if you think something’s really wrong then say so until someone listens. Even if they think you’re a drama queen.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Donna- WOW! That is so scary. I’m so happy she’s okay now. I should remember about calling those nurse lines, but I always forget! :)

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