Does Knowing Help?

There’s an interesting phenomena amongst people with a chronic illness.  At first, searching for what is wrong, the moment there is a diagnosis there seems to be some relief. It’s like a sign post pointing the way forward.   Then after awhile, if there is no real cure, that relief pales and the search for a way to get better continues.

I was just reading an article about how doctors often do diagnostic tests that aren’t really needed by patients but they don’t want to have to worry about being sued for not doing them later on.   It occurs to me to wonder just how much do we need to know?

Would knowing the answer this test might provide change the course of treatment?  If it doesn’t really seem necessary, but it is a problem will not changing a course of treatment cause long term and undue suffering?   What is the balance between trust and knowing the results of  a test that says something “for certain.”

We seem to take very little on faith any more.  Everything has to be proved.  The need to control all possible ideas comes back to control. Only by easing control can we move into a state of trust and faith.   I don’t mean faith as in religion, but more the spiritual faith that knows that what happens will happen.  Sometimes we can’t stop and change it.  We need to have faith in our ability to handle what comes our way and find strength in our support systems and the world around us.

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Bonnie Koenig has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999. She is passionate about helping people find real healing and real health. In the process she keeps asking about our attitudes towards sickness and health. Only by being clear on what sickness is, can we ever find health.

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