What worries you? Symptoms of the disease
If you fell and broke 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 the doctor. You will learn about the importance of symptoms, how to deal with them, and how quickly. As practice shows, the first opinion of an intelligent patient usually turns out to be correct.
Choose a symptom that bothers you
But something more subtle and stubborn: dry cough (especially ominous because you smoke); constant chest pain (and your father died of a heart attack at 50 with a little); delayed menstruation (although you live alone, in the strictest sense of the word, and you can not get pregnant). Are you in danger?
Will the painful symptoms disappear on their own, or should a doctor go? Right now? Tomorrow? But is it safe to wait?
Perhaps this is nonsense, but it may be something serious.
The main reason for the uncertainty is that most people do not always understand what a symptom can mean.
Moreover, it is often difficult for them to describe it correctly. This not only annoys them, but baffles the doctor who is trying to figure out what happened.
The doctor uses three steps to determine what happened to you:
- Talk - you report your symptoms, and the doctor asks appropriate questions;
- Examination - the doctor looks, feels, knocks and presses;
- Analyzes - from temperature measurement to the most complex of modern.
The most valuable is the first approach. In nine out of ten cases, a correct description of your symptoms leads the doctor to a correct diagnosis, even before it is confirmed by physical examination and laboratory tests.
If your doctor had plenty of time to ask 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. Increasingly, you 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 time, money and is often very unpleasant for the patient, but more importantly, it can delay the start of treatment. For you, the patient, it is much better if you provide information that will immediately give your doctor the right direction, based on what you feel, what you see in yourself. And ultimately, who can do it better than you?