Nobody likes going to the doctor, but every year thousands of people go through the effort of setting up an appointment just to get checked up. Why? Some people just want to make sure they’re generally in good health, so they take a little preventative action with a doctor visit.
Others though, have a specific reason for visiting the doctor, and it’s because they’re sick. Sick with what, though? The answer might surprise you.
When you think about it, there could be dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of diseases/illnesses that’d cause somebody to go the doctor. But when it gets down to it, the majority of people visit the doctor for the same 10 reasons that most others do (in America, at least).
What are those 10 reasons? Well, thanks to the "Mayoclinic Proceeding” website, we've got a pretty good idea. Luckily for us, it’s not like the show “House,” where strange and unique illnesses baffle the doctors until the genius doctor comes in to save the day; it turns out doctor visits are actually pretty repetitive.
In fact, you can probably guess the most common illnesses right off the bat, just ask yourself "what illnesses do I see regularly among friends and family?" What do they complain about all the time? Colds? Coughs? Headaches? What?
As a matter of fact, it's quite likely that you yourself have experienced at least a few of these symptoms. That’s how common these diseases/illnesses are, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself saying “I have/had that problem!”
(Disease/illnesses listed in order of most common to least common reasons for visiting the doctor).
10 Skin Disorders (e.g. Cysts, Acne and Dermatitis)
The bane of all pimply faced teenagers is skin disease. It’s no surprise that doctors everywhere run into teens looking to fix their skin problems, which gives it a clear spot on this list.
But skin disorders aren’t limited to the everyday pimple. Things like canker sores, cysts (kind of like pimples), eczema, and so on, are all common skin disorders as well. Because of this, doctors are constantly dealing with this type of patient all year long.
What's funny is that while skin disease is the most common reason for doctor visits in America, it's usually the least detrimental to overall health.
9 Joint Disorders (e.g. Osteoarthritis)
I bet you can name at least one person who’s complained of joint pain before. It could’ve been because of their knees; their shoulders; their hands/fingers; or possibly even their feet. It’s a common disorder, and definitely a good reason to visit the doctor.
8 Back Problems
Back problems are one of those things that nearly everybody will have issues with, and that’s really saying something. In fact according to the "National Library of Medicine,” roughly 80% of all people will experience back pain at some point in their life.
What sucks is how debilitating back pain can be, some people can barely move when they experience it. As such, it’s a no brainer for seeing the doctor about (and possibly a chiropractor/masseuse as well).
7 Cholesterol Problems
Cholesterol is waxy substance found in all cells of the body. It helps the body make hormones and digest food, and 80% of it is produced by the liver.
Problems arise though, when LDL cholesterol (aka the “bad” cholesterol) gets clogged in the arteries; this can lead to heart disease, stroke, heart attacks, or even impotence in men.
Once you turn 35, you should start getting your cholesterol checked regularly (for men at least). For everybody else, WebMD has a suggestion of once every five years.
6 Upper Respiratory Conditions (e.g. Colds, Sinus Infection)
Upper respiratory conditions might sound like an unfamiliar term, but you’re probably familiar with one of its most popular conditions - the common cold.
Pretty much everybody (and I mean everybody) has experienced a cold before. You know the symptoms; runny nose; coughing; sore throat; congestion. Due to the high volume of people who get colds every year (most people get multiple colds per year), it’s no surprise that some of those people will see the doctor about it.
5 Mental Illness (e.g. Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder And Depression)
Another common illness in the U.S. is of the mental variety, and it’s more common than you might think. As a matter of fact, anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States according to the "Anxiety and Depression Association of America."
How common is it? Around 40 million adults are affected by it (nearly 20% of America). And depression? The CDC says 1 in 10 people report having depression (10% of the population). So between 10-20% of America deals with mental illness every year, which puts the number in the millions.
Naturally, many of those people will seek out the help of a doctor to get through it.
4 Chronic Neurological Disorders
A neurological disorder is something that affects the nervous system (i.e. the brain, spine, and all the nerves connecting them). There are literally hundreds of diseases that fall under this branch of disorders, and they range from harmless to god-awful.
For example, a harmless neurological disorder is a headache. No big deal, right? We all get them and deal with them, usually with no issues.
But then there the big ones, like; brain tumors; Parkinson’s; strokes; and even brain aneurysms. Those are all bad, and no doubt would require frequent trips to the doctor to help deal with them.
3 High Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is the force of your blood as it pumps through your arteries, and high blood pressure means that the force is too strong. Over time, this can damage your heart and other parts of your body, and you may not even realize that it’s happening.
Blood pressure commonly rises with age, making it a more recurring issue among older folks. A healthy lifestyle can reduce the chances of high blood pressure from happening, but this doesn’t change the fact that doctors see these kinds of patients all the time.
2 Headaches And Migraines
Can’t say you didn’t see this one coming, am I right? Headaches are something everybody experiences as they have a huge range of potential causes (e.g. stress, odors, exercise, etc.). But worse then headaches are its much more potent relative, migraines.
What's a migraine? It's a powerful headache that’s usually accompanied by nausea/vomiting and a sensitivity to light. Some people receive migraines regularly, so they have a good reason for visiting the doctor more often than not.
According to the ADA (American Diabetes Association), 8.3% of the population has diabetes (that includes children as well). People with diabetes have issues with insulin, causing their bodies to not be able to utilize glucose (the bodies main source of fuel).
If left unchecked, a whole slew of problems arise, such as; heart disease; limbs needing removal; organ failure; nerve damage; eye complications; and so on. It can be pretty bad, so it’s vital that diabetics go to the doctor as much as needed.