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Many treatments are relatively safe, such as the proverbial aspirin. But even aspirin can harm you in some situations. You need to understand the risks before you take treatments. Hopefully, you will have maximally prepared first, and be ready to get the best health with the least risk.

To do this have an understanding of what benefits and problems to expect, and when. This sounds too hard in the complex world of healthcare with its strange language. But most diseases boil down to a handful of therapies. With enough questions to your health care providers, and enough reading, you will by surprised by your grasp. Always think that you are partnering with your health care team, and thus helping them.

The "Cure", isn't that the treatment we have to have? Well we all need a cure, but cures, and new body parts, are not always available. Don't reject something if it is short of a cure. In fact almost all of medicine works by treatments that are not cures. Rather, they lower the barriers and challenges of illness your body defenses fight. They produce the cure, or at least the best treatment you can get. So, as the captain of your ship of health, you need the best team, the most able crew. This is your crew of doctors and treatments, and no one may be the cure. Even temporary treatments my help your bodies defense prevail, and usually that is the key team member. In almost all disease there are battles your body can win medicine cannot yet. Partial treatments may buy time for another treatment to work, or to recondition, or lose weight. And with those gains, lesser treatments may now have larger effects. As much as we want cures, don't turn away needed help before you understand it. And don't rush from the frying pan into the fire to have a big treatment you may not need yet, especially if it has a big risk.

If things are going well, then your questions are how much benefit should I expect, and how long should it last? How can I best use these gains to get back to my life? How do I avoid a recurrence, or another problem?

If things are not going right, then you will be more prepared to ask questions and perhaps modify the treatments. Sometimes the lack of improvement or continued progression when a problem is treated causes the recognition that the diagnosis is wrong, or that another disease problem is also at work.
Particularly if things are going wrong, be sure you understand why, including getting another opinion.

Now, list carefully questions for each physician, in order to understand they other recommends. And, are there further tests to clarify the confusion in your case?

Once your have worked your way through all that, ask yourself these questions:
1) Have I benefited from all possible conservative therapy?
2) What are the worst risks in each treatment course?
3) Are there irreversible steps, ones that can't be recovered from, or preclude other treatment later?
4) If each treatment has some partial effect, have they been combined in the optimal combination?