Do you share your symptoms with your Dr???

By MewElla Latest Reply 2011-06-22 00:05:54 -0500
Started 2011-06-21 08:11:25 -0500

Some of us simply hold back in telling our Dr how we are really feeling; like hiding that swollen toe under your sock, or forgetting to mention brand new problems. We need to speak up because some symptoms could be more serious than we think.
Be clear when explaining symptoms…Instead of saying "I feel lously" try to be specific; example, I have had a tingling in my right toe for 2 weeks. Describe as precisely as possible, tell Dr what you have been doing about problem. This makes it easier for the Dr to figure out a diagnosis and your treatment.
Report any tingling, numbness, burning or pain. Sensations in your feet, legs, arms or hands can be sign of nerve damage, or neuropathy. Tell Dr if you are sensitive to the touch and how slight, or leg cramps, or feelings of being off balance. Could be markers of circulation/nerve problems with sores, blisters or cracks that will not heal.
Scale your pain. Use a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 is excruciating pain and l is mild discomfort.
Share even embarrassing symptoms, like frequent urinations, doctors need to know in order to best treat you..

2 replies

JoleneAL 2011-06-21 08:15:02 -0500 Report

I always write down a list of issues I need to discuss before going in. This is so a) I get what I need discussed taken care of and b) it makes the time go faster so he can move on to other patients that might need more time.

jayabee52 2011-06-22 00:05:54 -0500 Report

I do that and perhaps 1 better. I print out 2 sheets of questions for the Dr and when the nurse or aide does my pre-visit workup I will give it to that person and ask them to see it gets to the Dr. That way if there's something there that Dr needs to research a bit, Dr can do it. I keep 1 copy to write answers on.