Getting a second opinion can completely change or even save your life. Do it. But look, you just might piss of the person who gave you the original diagnosis. That’s the first thing you need to know going into this process. But it ain’t about that person, or their ego, or their years of education or any of that shit. Sure, as diagnostitians we like to think that we get it right every time. That years of school and years of practice and years of getting it right, we could never get it wrong. But we do get it wrong. More than we like to admit. And ultimately IT’S NOT ABOUT US – IT’S ABOUT YOU!!!!
So get that second, third opinion. Don’t go crazy and get 17 opinions cause that’s counterproductive. But call up the closest teaching hospital (they are usually connected to a school. “University of Iowa Hospital, UCLA Ronald Reagan, Duke University Hospital, etc.) and speak to the department of whatever is going on with you. If you have a cancer diagnosis, call that hospital’s cancer center. If you a knee replacement, call their orthopedics department. If you need a liver transplant, call their GI or transplant department. Those folks do this stuff all day long. It’s all they do. They are usually happy to see you and happy to discuss your options. It’s a little extra legwork, yes. But you, your liver, your knee, your LIFE are worth it!