#4 New, Unproven, or Experimental Treatment
Often, the flip side of the rare condition diagnosis is a recommendation for a new, unproven, or experimental treatment. While new treatments are being developed all the time, and some offer improved results over old treatments, you want to make sure you know what you’re getting into before you start treatment.
Ask your current doctor a few questions about the treatment, including:
- What evidence do you have that this treatment works?
- What are the likely side effects of this treatment?
- Why isn’t this treatment more widely-used?
- Do you have any financial stake in this treatment?
If you don’t like or don’t trust your doctor’s answers to any of these questions, it’s time to find a new headache doctor in Columbia – and there are plenty to choose from. Even if you find the answers convincing, it’s not a bad idea to get another set of knowledgeable eyes to look over the information you’re given about this unproven treatment.