The problem with us men

For about four weeks I have been getting bad chest pains and it normally strikes at night, every time my wife says “you need to get that checked” and my reply is “Yep, I will sometime”!

As I said in a previous post, I do get chest pains as part of the ME it doesn’t happen often and when it does happen I usually just say “oh it’s okay, its just the ME”, my family joke that it’ll be engraved on my headstone!

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The next morning my wife says she is going to make an appointment for me and I say “no, it’s okay” and this rolls on and on!

Generally men will put off going to the doctors and its killing a lot of men because treatable things like enlarged prostates aren’t dealt with early, why?
For me it’s because I can’t be bothered with all the fuss, I know that if I tell the doc I have been having chest pains, well that’s me up the hospital and most likely in hospital for a night or two. They have my notes that show that a negative T wave happens and I’m okay but they won’t be the one to say “okay, its normal for you” just in case I drop down dead and they get the blame.

Last year I was sat on the floor after bumming down some steps and using my half decent leg and my arms, I pushed up into my wheelchair and wallop! I snapped my hamstring and did a proper job of it as well, I was laid on the floor in agony and it took half an hour for me to get back indoors and on the settee, a slight movement a little later on and bang the pain hits again and my daughter who wanted to be a physio (poor thing failed her course) said that it needed hospital attention because it was serious. Again I said no and just see how it goes, well it took 3 months to heal (ish) and it still plays me up now.

So any answers?
Why are men hesitant to go to see a doctor?

Until next time!

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