Honesty is the best policy, at least in health matters
My mum and dad always espoused the notion that honesty was the best policy, regardless of the consequences. I sort of agree. I mean it is probably best to be honest but there are times in our lives when being less than honest and forthright is not so bad. It is not so much about telling an untruth but not telling the whole truth. It may be about being economical with the truth.
In matters of health and wellbeing there can be no half measures, no ‘being economical’ with the truth; health and wellbeing require telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Being less than truthful will always end in tears; you are more likely to suffer in the long run as will your family and friends.
If the doctor does not get the full story he/she will find it more difficult, and take longer, to arrive at a diagnosis. No matter how difficult it is to talk about a particular issue it must be done. Failure to disclose may lead to failure to diagnose and failure to treat.
In the matter of general wellbeing it is no different; honesty is the best policy. You are only fooling no one but yourself if you are not honest with yourself. There is nothing to be gained by hiding the truth from yourself or from friends and family. It is good to talk; a problem shared is a problem halved.
For those of us with a chronic illness honesty takes on a new importance. There are a number of symptom trackers available now that make it easier to spot the peaks and the troughs and to enable you to give an accurate report to your neurologist but these trackers are useless without self-honesty. This is a link to Sym Trac and I have heard good reports although I have never used it
I like to think that I am totally honest with myself, most of the time. I keep my own log and I keep track of what I do and don’t do and I am able to compare day by day. There are times when I have to remind myself that not all issues are MS related and my tracking system helps me to keep that in mind.