reohn2 wrote:I reckon stress and loneliness are at the heart of many diseases,modern life breeds it in one form or another.
You're right about loneliness. I think small health niggles become bigger if you're lonely.
I saw a TV programme about a day in a doctors practice. Quite a number of patients didn't need a doctor, just some reassurance.
If this is repeated across the country it's no surprise you have to wait to see a doctor.
This is also my experience. When hanging about the oncology department awaiting the infusions or blood-letting, it was noticeable how many patients (especially those of the older and single variety) came in unscheduled for reassurance or just company, with a usually transparent excuse.
The oncology staff, particularly the nurses, told me that they regarded these visits and their often hours of giving reassurance or just chat, as part of the cure. It makes a big different to the outcome if a patient feels valued; not friendless; still important enough that someone cares, even if they are relative strangers.
But some patients acquire a habit. Months or even years after they have gone into remission (aka cured but oncologists never use that term) they're appearing regularly in the oncology ward; or even making up symptoms to get attention. It's easy to condemn that behaviour but in today's society (or lack of it) it's very easy to understand and even sympathise.