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When You’re Sick

by Daniel on May 10th, 2012

When you go to the doctor for a specific purpose, give as much information as you can. Try to cover the following things in particular. Write them down so you won’t forget anything.

when the symptoms began
every change you’ve noticed since you started feeling sick
the time of day symptoms occur
whether you’ve had them before
what makes them better or worse

if you’ve done anything unusual lately, such as camping out, playing a sport for the first time in five years, or traveling to a foreign country
if you’ve eaten anything unusual recently

If you’ve started taking any new prescription or over-the-counter medications, including herbal medications if any serious events have occurred recently, such as a death of a family member or the loss of a job.

any mood changes or changes in your sleep patterns
activities that seem to make you feel better or worse
The more information you share with your doctor, the more effective your treatment plan can be.

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