John Garcia, MD, board-certified internal medicine, Premier Medical Associates
Ask the Doc
What symptoms should I discuss with my doctor?
Anything. A regular and frank discussion with your doctor can identify early warning signs. I tell my patients to think in terms of “what, when, why and where,” so that they can get the most out of their doctor’s visit. That means putting any symptom into context.
For example, if they feel fatigued, I may ask, when does it happen? A hectic schedule or when climbing a flight of stairs? Are there circumstances — work or home stress — that prompt the symptom? It could be stress, or it could be heart problems. Intimacy issues could be erectile dysfunction or a sign of diabetes. Thirst, tingling or numbness in legs or arms, weight loss or gain, or frequent bathroom trips should be discussed with your doctor.
Many serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure or cholesterol, and diabetes begin with mild symptoms. If caught early, effective treatments are available to minimize negative complications. If you think your symptoms can be linked to just being “out of shape” or stress, don’t be too sure. See a physician.
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