My girlfriend has developed a nasty cough along with her developing interest in drugs. Her constant, deep, raspy, phlegmy cough really concerns me, but what troubles me even more is that she refuses to go see a doctor in fear that they may detect marijuana or ecstacy usage. Her argument, which is understandable to a certain extent, is that her mother would be completely destroyed if it was somehow revealed to her that those drugs were found in my girlfriend (we’ll call her Angel). This cough is also accompanied by body ache and such. It has persisted for quite a few weeks now, and doesn’t seem to be shaken away by simply halting the smoking. She doesn’t smoke marijuana or take ecstacy too often, but it really does seem that the usage has been taking it’s toll on her body.
It seems to me that Angel’s cough may be something serious, and yet she refuses to go to the doctor. I am curious as to what the patient/doctor confidentiality restrictions are when the patient is a minor. Perhaps a few facts and some suggestions as to how I can convince her to go to the doctor?
Thanks for you help,