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Healthwise Self-Care Checklist - Step 1. Observe the Problem

  • When did it start? What are the symptoms?
  • If you have pain, is it a dull ache or stabbing pain? Is it constant or does it go away and come back? Is it related to certain movements or activities?
  • Measure your vital signs: temperature, pulse slideshow.gif, breaths (respiration rate), and blood pressure.
  • Think back:
    • Have you had this problem before?
    • What did you do for it?
    • Have there been any recent changes in your life (such as stress, medicines, food, exercise)?
    • Does anyone else at home or work have these symptoms?
  • How concerned are you about the problem?

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    Last Updated: August 13, 2012
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