What worries you? Disease symptoms
If you fall and break your leg and you have bleeding or a temperature of 40 ° and intolerable pain - there is no question what to do. You should get help, and quickly. In this section, you will find everything you need to provide a coherent, thoughtful description of your symptoms to your doctor. You will learn about the severity of the symptoms, what to do with them, and how quickly. As practice shows, the first opinion of an intelligent patient is usually correct.
Choose a symptom that bothers you
But here's something trickier and more stubborn: a dry cough (especially sinister as you smoke); persistent chest pain (and your father died of a heart attack at age 50 with a little); delayed menstruation (although you live alone, in the strictest sense of the word, and cannot get pregnant). Are you in danger?
Will the painful symptoms disappear themselves, or should a doctor be consulted? Right now? Tomorrow? But is it safe to wait?
Maybe this is nonsense, but maybe something serious.
The main reason for the uncertainty is that most people do not always understand what a symptom may mean.
Moreover, it is often difficult for them to describe it correctly. This not only annoys them, but confuses the doctor who is trying to find out what happened.
The doctor uses three methods to determine what happened to you:
- Conversation - you report your symptoms and the doctor asks relevant questions;
- Examination - the doctor looks, feels, taps and crushes;
- Analyzes - from temperature measurements to the most complex modern ones.
The most valuable is the first approach. In nine out of ten cases, the correct description of your symptoms leads the doctor to the correct diagnosis, even before it is confirmed by a physical examination and laboratory tests.
If your doctor had a lot of time to question you, there would be no problem. But he does not have it.
And with the acceleration of progress, he will have it less and less. More and more often, you will have the prospect of being transferred from one technician to another, from one machine to the next, from one specialist to another before the correct diagnosis is made.
This process not only requires the patient time, money and is often very unpleasant, but, more importantly, it can delay the start of treatment. For you, the patient, it is much better if you provide information that immediately gives your doctor the right direction, based on what you feel, what you see in yourself. And ultimately, who can do it better than you?