Chicago Doctor Makes House Calls In Dangerous Area He Grew Up In So Residents Can Receive Proper Care

February 10, 2015 7:36 PM

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Tell the doctor the story of your symptoms, and not just a list of them, urges Leana Wen, M.D., emergency room physician at George Washington University and co-author with Joshua Kosowsky, M.D. of "When Doctors Don’t Listen: How To Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests." Instead of saying, "I have a headache," start from the beginning. “A good story has a beginning, middle, and an end, and usually an element of surprise," says Dr. Wen. "So if you say, ‘I’m someone who’s had migraines for 10 years, but for the last three days, I haven’t been able to get out of bed. I’m really worried that I have bleeding in my brain,’ you’re giving your doctor a lot of information in a context. It will help him or her diagnose you.” Tip: Rehearse your story before you get to the doctor’s office so you can include all the information in the most concise form possible.

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