No doubt about it, the physician - patient relationship is a complex one, one that is built on a truthful exchange of information. You expect your doctor to be straight with you, while your doctor understands that you are often less so with information you provide. Here is a second article where I was interviewed, this one for WebMD, called:
You can understand, I hope, that there are only five listed because the article had only a limited amount of space. If there is a lesson to be learned, it is to be as honest and open as possible with your doctor. To use a line we all have heard before, tell him or her the #truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, When you #lie, you hurt only yourself.