Preparing For Your Appointment
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
You can help your
doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to
answer the following questions:
- When did the chest pain begin?
- How long does the pain last?
often does the pain occur?
- How severe is the pain?
does the pain feel like?
- Where is the pain located?
- Does the pain change or get worse when you take a deep breath?
- What were you doing when it started? Is the pain
related to activity? Is it related to eating? Is it related to body
- Does the pain start in the chest and spread to another
part of the body? Or does it start somewhere else and spread to the chest?
- Did you have other symptoms with the chest pain? What are the
- Has this ever happened before? If so, did you see a
- What was the diagnosis?
tests were done?
- How was it treated?
- Have you had a chest injury or a fall?
- How and when did an injury
- Have you had any chest injuries in the past? Do you have any
continuing problems because of the previous injury?
- What activities make your symptoms better or
- What home treatment have you tried to relieve the pain? Did
- What nonprescription medicines have you taken? Did they
- Do you have any
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 25, 2012
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