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10 Things You Should Always Tell Your Doctor

Emergency Symptoms Such As:

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  • Paralysis
  • Loss of bowel and /or bladder control
  • Loss of vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Chest pain under your breast bone
  • Shortness of breath
  • A severe unrelenting headache that is worse than any you have ever had before

Thankfully, most symptoms are not an emergency, and these following points pertain to them:

Report The Full Extent of Your Symptoms (Remember, it’s all in confidence)

  • Don’t worry about being a whiner.  In order to plan effective and correct treatment, you need to be as accurate as possible, even if you think it may not be related to your problem.

Reveal Your Vices

  • If you use tobacco, alcohol or other drugs that may be influencing your condition, it’s important to tell the doctor about them.

When Your Symptoms Started

  • Did they just start today, or are they long-term or recurring symptoms?  Did you do a new activity or have a fall before the symptoms started?

What Do Your Symptoms Feel Like?

  • Do you feel pain or stiffness? Is it a stabbing pain or an achy pain? Do you have any numbness or tingling, weakness, spasms or nausea? All of these symptoms provide clues as to what is your actual diagnosis.

How Are They Affecting Your Life?

  • Can you still play with your children, walk around the house? Is it preventing you from exercising or taking care of yourself?

What Makes the Symptoms Better or Worse?

  • For example: when you bend to the left, the symptoms are worse, versus to the right, they don’t hurt as much, or when you put ice on your low back, or take Advil, it feels better

Be Specific About Your Symptoms When Discussing With Your Doctor

  • Do you feel like it’s progressively getting worse? Does it restrict your motion so you can’t look to the left? When you took a pain reliever medication, it didn’t help? Have you ever had this symptom before this?

Report Any Other Healthcare Providers You Are Seeing For These Symptoms

  • For example, are you also getting massages or seeing a physical therapist?

Warning Signs of a Potentially More Serious Problem:

  • Pain extends into your arm, leg, chest or abdomen.
  • Pain becomes progressively more severe.
  • Develop neurological signs or symptoms, like numbness or tingling.
  • Pain becomes worse when you rest, or causes you to loose sleep.
  • You develop a fever.

Get in Touch with Us

Remember, the doctor is there to help you. Help them treat you by giving all the vital information.

Call us today for a free HEALTH and SPINE evaluation at Hands On Healing Chiropractic at 408-371-0068.

Join our Bay Area Health and Wellness Group on Meetup:

Join us for our free Health and Wellness trainings provided by Dr. Deb Sampair, D.C.

*Adapted from the Journal of the American Chiropractic Association, 2/2004

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