Saturday, December 11, 2010

Your Medical History

Remember to inform your doctor about all the symptoms you have noted. List them in a chronological order, starting from the time when you first noted that something was amiss. It's extremely useful to record the factors that make your symptoms better and those that make them worse. This information provides very useful medical clues. Also, let your doctor know what remedies you have tried earlier, and whether they have helped or not. Do not play games with your doctor. If you have consulted another earlier or have undergone relevant tests, please share this information with your present doctor. It's helpful to prepare a short one-page summary of your medical history; not only does this summary help the doctor, but it also ensures you do not forget to convey to him information which could be vitally important in your treatment. Computer programs are available today, which can help you record and organize your medical history, as well as that of your family members. Make a list of all the medications you are taking, both prescription and non-prescription. As an alternative, you can collect all your medicines in a brown paper bag and show them to your doctor. Moreover, list all the specialists you are consulting for specific disorders/conditions.

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