Discovery of what illness a person has, and what is the underlying reason that illness is going on, often requires a lot of information. Most of that information is related to your history, that of your family, and that of those around you.
· Serious or recurrent illnesses, surgeries and accidents, medications, vaccinations and other treatments, and their dates
· Supplements, vitamins, herbs, other alternative treatments and the apparent positive and negative effects of these treatments on you.
· Diet, or changes or slips in your diet and their dates are also important.
· Don’t forget to get copies of important lab test results, and recent lab tests results, even if negative.From my perspective, the events preceding your illness may be the most important clue to the cause of your specific illness that followed the exposure.
It may be more useful to edit the report you bring to a doctor, rather than bringing the whole file. Try to keep a full file for yourself, and bring copies to your doctor, so that you keep a full set of your information. Remember, doctors may only keep records for a period of up to 7 years.
Until there is a universal medical record kept, or perhaps a chip with that information in our wallet or under our skin, you are the best keeper and provider of information which may help with your health.
New York, New York
As always, the content of this blog is for information and education purposes only, and should not be used to prevent, diagnose or treat illness; please see your physician for care.