Dr. Wendy Harpham is a doctor of internal medicine, cancer survivor, and award-winning and best-selling author of books about cancer: Healthy Survivorship, recovery and late effects, and raising children when a parent has cancer. She is also a public speaker, patient advocate, and mother of three.
Patients' efforts to manage their expectations can help calm anxiety. Asking your surgeon how long you can expect to experience pain following a procedure helps prevent you from wondering and worrying about why you are sore or how long your pain will last.
In response to the April 18th post on the Choosing Wisely™ campaign, a blogger emailed me about her doctor insisting on repeating blood tests done 5 weeks before her scheduled procedure, because they were outside the 4-week window. She asked, "How does a patient convince the doctor to NOT order a test?"