- Simple language: The simpler the explanation, the better the chances you have for your doctor to understand your sickness or injury. Also, try to be as direct as possible regardless of how embarrassing it may be. The better you doctor can understand you, the better you can the proper treatment.
- Rate your pain: Rating how painful your symptom or injury is can help the doctor to figure out how severe your sickness or injury is.
- Point to where it hurts: If you are having difficulties describing where it hurts, physically show your doctor where you are experiencing pain.
- Write it down: Making a list of your symptoms helps you to better describe what is happening to your body. You can include things such as when you started to feel the pain, duration and if you have been taking any medication for it.
- Make it relatable: You can describe your pain as if you are speaking to a close friend. So you can say things like “My stomach pain feels like I was being hit constantly” or “My leg feels like it weighs a ton whenever I try to move it.”
Going to the doctor can be a nervous experience but remember that they are there to help you get better. Be prepared and be honest about how you are feeling so that you receive the best treatment available.
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