How your doctor might accidentally make your symptoms worse

February 6, 2015 10:00 AM

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How your doctor might accidentally make your symptoms worse

Ever try to explain to your doctors exactly what that weird symptom you are experiencing feels like, and sense they aren’t quite catching your drift? Those little misunderstandings might have some unintended side effects, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Medicine.

Researchers from the University of Southampton and University of Exeter Medical School monitored five women’s doctor-patient consultations at a pain-management clinic. Each was there to discuss her chronic, widespread pain. The healthcare providers often used, what they deemed comforting, phrases li...

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