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Unread 04-19-2001, 01:28 PM
The "no news is good news" myth

I was reading some of the posts here and came across one from someone who had a pap smear and assumed that no news was good news. I urge you to call your doctor as soon as possible and get the results from your smears. No news might mean that the lab report never came back or that the nurse stuck it into your file and got busy, so the file ended up back in records and not on your doctor's desk, where it belongs even if the test came back normal. Never ever assume that a test was negative or normal, it can spell disaster if the test is actually positive and you don't find out for another year, or whenever your next pap or exam will be done. In my case, my doctor now calls me with each and every result, personally. If I don't hear from him in a week, I know he never saw the results. This has sadly happened more than once and I have found that my doctor's office is better than most in my area. Do not assume that your doctor has seen the results and checked them off in your chart as being normal.

Make that simple, five minute call and ask for the results to be either read to you or faxed/mailed to you so you can know for sure that it was indeed normal. No one at your doctor's office will begrduge your request for test results. You will never regret making that call.
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Unread 04-19-2001, 04:02 PM
The "no news is good news" myth

That is wonderful advice! It's amazing the difference that just a 5min call could make on your life! If the results are negative and the RN insists that She knew that, then you can tell her that "now you BOTH know it!"
Unread 04-19-2001, 04:09 PM
The "no news is good news" myth

Thanks Zelda,

I know I have been guilty of thinking no news is good news but you are so right, we need to be more proactive in our medical care. More than once I have had to call to find out test results. I sometimes wonder if they would ever had called. But I also realize that many things can happen such as you stated. My own gyn had to take on the patients of another doctor in the medical group that had decided to leave and I could see how many things could be overlooked by the staff.

Thanks again for the reminder.

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Unread 04-19-2001, 05:26 PM
The "no news is good news" myth

I agree totally Zelda. Now whenever I have any kind of test done , I just hound my Dr. until I get the answer on the results. I am sure they roll their eyes and say " oh no not her again" but I couldn't care less , this is my life , my body and my health.

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