When To See Your Doctor

When To See Your Doctor
Few of us have the time, patience or resources to see a doctor for every minor health problem that arises. A quick trip to the pharmacy for an over-the-counter medication takes care of many of life's minor aches and pains, but in some cases a doctor is required.
For adults, the decision to see a doctor is usually easier. As we get older most of us experience aches and pains, particularly if we've been participating in some activities outside of the norm, and these can usually be ignored unless they restrict your day to day living for more than a few days.
There are no hard and fast rules about what can be ignored and what needs to be seen by your doctor, but pain is the number one sign that something is wrong. A healthy, well-functioning body does not hurt so treat pain as a warning sign!
When a minor, explainable pain occurs, such as a stress headache or temporary muscle aches from over exertion, an over-the-counter remedy can prevent a trip to the doctor but if pain persists then make an appointment!
It's a good idea to record your pain intensity on a daily basis in a pain diary. People who suffer from chronic pain often find it difficult to verbalise the discomfort that they experience – either they can't find the right words to describe their pain or by the time that they see their doctor they can't quite remember all the important details regarding their pain.
A pain diary, which is a written record of one's pain, can help a doctor to make a more prompt diagnosis and/or manage your pain more effectively.
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