Introduction:It took over 13 years to determine that I had sarcoidosis, an autoimmune disease. This was found by requesting a copy of my pathology report and sharing it with one of my doctors. If you suspect that you have some strange illness, you can be your own best friend.
Keep a wellness journal and list all symptoms such as; fever, rash, pain and anything that could remotely be connected to an illness or disease.
Talk to your doctor and explain how you feel and why you feel the way you do. Show her/him your journal. If your doctor does not support you; find another doctor.
My family considered me a hypochondriac and it was the cause of a long running family joke. I almost started believing them too. But nobody knows your body but you, so stick to your convictions.
Always keep a list of your medications with you and keep it current. Show to any health care provider or dentist whose services you use. Drug interactions can occur when you least are aware of them.
One of the most valuable things you can have is medical history. Check with parents and grandparents about any medical history you are not aware of before it is too late. Share with your children and grandchildren and ask for copies of test results for your records so you can stay on top of your health and wellness.
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