Take an active role in working with your doctor or nurse when you are ill. To help them put all of this information together to find the right diagnosis (health problem), your doctor or nurse will need to:

  1. Ask you questions about your current illness and medical history
  2. Do a physical exam
  3. Order some tests if needed
  4. Come up with a list of possible diagnoses that may be causing you to feel ill and narrow it down
  5. Recommend treatment for your illness

By following this checklist, you become a partner in finding the right diagnosis for you.

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