You can help your doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer questions about your symptoms. Since some symptoms are difficult to describe, it is helpful to write down information about your symptoms as you experience them during your daily activities.
While waiting for your appointment, keep a diary of your symptoms. This form may help.
Describe the symptom for which you are keeping this diary:
Time of day the symptom starts
Time of day the symptom bothers you the most
Does the symptom come and go during the day?
Is the symptom affected by any of the following:
Recent changes in your eating patterns, such as skipping meals
Prescription or over-the-counter medicines (name of medicine and time of day it affects your symptom)
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine