Common Symptom Answer Guide by John H Wasson, Timothy B. Walsh, Mary C. LaBrecque, Harold

By John H Wasson, Timothy B. Walsh, Mary C. LaBrecque, Harold C. Sox, Robert Pantell, Ivan Oransky, John Wasson, Timothy Walsh, Mary LaBrecque, Harold Sox

Your family’s first defensive line! offers professional clinical recommendation on greater than a hundred universal symptoms, indicators, and challenge areas—A-Z universal Symptom solution advisor is an excellent addition in your scientific reference library! are you able to describe what your signs appear and feel like—but no longer understand what they suggest? Written by way of an skilled crew of physicians and nurses, this useful consultant solutions your questions ahead of you visit the healthcare professional. A-Z universal Symptom solution consultant offers— -A toolkit for matching your signs to attainable factors -A well known clinical team’s suggestion on signs from asthma to vomiting blood to irritability in youngsters -Expert tips about relieving signs and aiding your self heal -What to prevent and what can make your worse -The questions your physician will ask -Alphabetical directory of universal indicators for simple reference -A thesaurus of scientific phrases you'll no longer comprehend

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Your Doctor Visit What your doctor will ask you about: abdominal pain, changes in bowel habits or stool, mucus or pus in stool, pain with bowel movements, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, vomiting blood, bruising, weight loss, dizziness when standing, whether you have had a barium enema, proctoscope, or abdominal X-ray done in the past, and what they showed. Your doctor will want to know if you or anyone in your family has had any of these conditions: hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, colitis, peptic ulcers, bleeding tendency, alcoholism, colon polyps.

TYPICAL SYMPTOMS Ulcer Severe irritation of the stomach or intestinal lining Burning upper abdominal pain that is worse when lying down, sometimes relieved by antacids and made worse by aspirin or drugs such as ibuprofen Cholecystitis Gallstones Fever, right upper abdominal pain, sometimes pain in right shoulder, nausea, vomiting, chills, sometimes jaundice (skin taking on a yellowish appearance), dark urine Arthritis/bursitis Inflammation in or around the joints Tenderness in the shoulder, ribs, or muscles, often in the lower chest, may result after prolonged coughing Angina pectoris Sudden spasms of chest pain caused by lack of oxygen to the heart muscles Chest pain behind the breastbone, aggravated by exertion and relieved by rest; pain may radiate to the left arm Heart attack Severe, often crushing pain behind the breastbone, sometimes with sweating, nausea, or vomiting Blockage in one of the arteries feeding the heart, leading to death of part of the heart muscle Crescendo A more severe form of angina (prein- angina pectoris (see farction angina) above) Attacks of angina (see above) that occur more frequently, or become more severe over time Pneumonia An infection of the lungs Fever, chills, shaking, coughing up blood or mucus, sharp chest pain Pneumothorax “Collapsed lung”: an accumulation of air between the lungs and chest wall Sudden onset of breathing difficulties, sharp chest pain CHEST PAIN 43 WHAT CAN CAUSE CHEST PAIN, AND WHAT IS TYPICAL FOR EACH CAUSE?

WHAT CAN CAUSE BACK PAIN, AND WHAT IS TYPICAL FOR EACH CAUSE? CAUSE WHAT IS IT? TYPICAL SYMPTOMS Muscle strain Injury to muscles Muscle spasms near the spine, pain does not move to the legs, often begins after lifting Spinal fracture A break in one of the bones of the spine, called vertebrae Severe, persistent pain, tenderness, often the result of back injury or fall Osteomyelitis Bone infection Constant and progressive back pain lasting several weeks, may be history of recent infection Osteoarthritis The most common form of arthritis, or inflammation of the joints Limited range of motion of the spine, often accompanied by pain in other joints, more common in the elderly Ankylosing spondylitis Arthritis affecting the spine Stiffness, lower back pain, reduced flexibility in the spine, more common in young men Shingles Re-activation of the virus that causes chicken pox; more common in the elderly who have had chicken pox Painful skin sores Peptic ulcer Severe irritation of the stomach lining Abdominal pain or tenderness, pain in the mid-back region, sometimes relieved by antacids BACK PAIN 15 WHAT CAN CAUSE BACK PAIN, AND WHAT IS TYPICAL FOR EACH CAUSE?

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