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Tell your doctor your symptoms not your diagnosis

Updated: Feb 17, 2020

Quite often patients go to see their doctors with preconceived diagnosis. Your doctor does not need you to diagnose yourself or even explain your symptoms using medical jargon.

The quality of care is dependent on the history you provide and the accuracy of your description. I have seen chief complaints

  • “it hurts so much that it feels like my whole body has separated from me”

  • “the pain is walking around my body”

  • “I am no longer myself”

  • “I have malaria”

  • “ I have pneumonia”

If you pay attention, the above descriptions will not support the clinicians with a leading question about your diagnosis.

Help us help you!

This is what your doctor would need to know..

  • Where it hurts – precise location

  • When it started

  • If the pain travels anywhere else in the body

  • Other symptoms that started along with chief complaints

  • Anything that makes your symptoms better or worse

  • Any medication or home remedies that you have taken, and did it work

  • Your medical history

  • Any allergies to any medication or food

  • All the prescription medications you are taking or have tried

  • These will help your doctor with quick diagnosis and timely treatment

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