7. “When you come to see me, be clear in your mind about your symptoms.”
“I’m not a mind reader,” says one doctor. “Playing ‘stump the doctor’ is a waste of everyone’s time and is bad medicine for you.” Dr. Salloum suggests patients try to sort out the chronology of an illness before they come in. “When do you think it started? Is it getting better or worse? What makes it better? What makes it worse? Where is the pain? Does it radiate?”
What you can do: Be direct, concise, accurate—and prepared. Know when your symptoms started,how bad they are and how often they occur.