I understand not wanting to have certain things in your medical chart, but it's never a good idea to lie to your doctor—the person who's job it is to help keep you healthy. Why do you do it? Probably for the same reason as everyone else: you are scared to displease your doctor, you want his or her approval, or you're just a little embarrassed. And perhaps people believe that if their doctor gives them a clean bill of health it means they are, indeed, really healthy.
The problem is that some of the information we withhold is actually vital for our doctor to know—and not telling could seriously harm our healthcare. As a doctor I can promise you that I'm not a mind reader or psychic who can look at your body and know everything, and it just makes my work that much harder when I don’t have all the information I need. So to help you and your doctor out, here are the six things you shouldn't be lying about.