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 jut the ME”, my family joke that it’ll be engraved on my headstone!

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!

By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

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