My colleague has a cartoon taped to his desk. It has a man, down to his boxers, sitting on the doctor’s exam table, his body covered in post-its. The caption reads, “My wife has a few things she wants you to look at.
You’d be amazed how many times we hear that (without the post-its) every day. We’re usually glad for anything that takes you to your provider before a problem gets out of hand, but contrary to popular belief, a physical is not the ideal time to bring in that list. The time you have for your physical should be spent in finding and preventing diseases, not fixing ones that already exist.