10 Ways to Describe Your Symptoms

Before you see your doctor, refer to this list of questions to help you describe your symptoms. Write down your answers.

  1. What is your primary problem?
  2. What does it feel like?
  3. When did you start to notice your problem?
  4. How often does it occur?
  5. Are your symptoms persistent or off and on?
  6. Is it worse at different times of day?
  7. What makes the problem better? (medicine, activity level, food, etc.)
  8. Do certain things aggravate your symptoms or make it worse? (activity, food, stress, weather, position, etc.)
  9. Is it associated with any other symptoms or conditions?
  10. Have other family members or other members of your household had similar symptoms?

Write down any other details you can think of that may help your doctor diagnose and treat the problem.

Also, make a list of your concerns in the order of importance to you and any questions you may have.

Bring your symptom list, your list of questions, your insurance card, your Medical History and Vaccinations Data Sheet and any other necessary papers to your next appointment. (Make it easy: download our  Medical Appointment Tracking Form.)


Remember…

The information provided here is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice. These tips are from doctors, nurses and people who have shared their real-life advice; always check with a doctor or other appropriate medical professional you trust before making any healthcare changes.