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"trust your own judgement as much as, or more than your doctor's judgement. You have had more time on your case than your doctor and have had a closer look at all the details".
I disagree. Your doctor has, or should have, far more knowledge of the medical information relevant to your case. This is not to suggest that you should trust your doctor blindly, as some of my posts have made clear. However, if you have concerns about your doctor's judgement, by all means get a second medical opinion. This might well involve consulting with someone with a different specialty; if your first doc is a surgeon, ask a rad-onc, or vice versa. Then decide which doctor made the most sense, and go from there.
If we have a basic distrust of our treating physician, then what purpose it served by consulting them?
Are we suggesting that a relationship twixt a treating physician and their patient based on mistrust is ideal for desired health outcomes?
Tis is not enough that one's treating physician ought not only to be able to provide expert medical advice, but they should also be very skilled with the dynamics of interpersonal relationships as well?
Would it not be perhaps more prudent for a person with difficulties in establishing a relationships based on trust, to seek out a suitably qualified therapist? Or do we view mistrust in interpersonal relationships as being consistent with a healthy mind?