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What’s in Your Medical History?

Our story gets complicated when we add the hepatitis C virus to the mix. Maybe we find out we’ve had it for a long time. All of a sudden past health concerns begin to make sense. Even if you just got the virus, it is only a part of your overall medical history. In order for a doctor to get the big picture of what is going on, they may ask you questions and have you fill out forms. Then, wherever you go, your health history is handy. What’s in your medical history?

In the Beginning

Your story starts with your birthday! Doctors might ask about any conditions you might have surrounding your birth. If you have had any childhood diseases, it will be included. Nearly every form I have filled out wanted information about my mom’s side of the family (maternal), and about my dad’s (paternal). If you are having symptoms related to a disease that runs in your family, it can be an alert for additional testing.

Past Procedures or Surgeries

Be prepared with the dates and names of any major procedures you have had. If it’s recent and related to liver disease, they may want to know where it was performed.

Allergies

If you have had any type of allergic response to meds, write it down. Include any allergies to latex as well. It helps your doctor to know of food allergies also. Be able to describe your reaction, such as swelling, itching, rapid heart rate, or trouble breathing to name a few.

Family and Social Life

Most medical providers want information about who you live with, whether you drink, smoke, or use recreational drugs. This gives them a sense of your general health and the type of support you have at home.

Medications

We all know to have a list of current medicines we use. This includes over-the-counter type of meds. Be accurate about the dosage.

Ongoing Medical Concerns

If you are being treated for the hepatitis C virus, it will certainly be a major concern. Maybe you already had stomach ulcers. That would definitely come into play in the case of varices from liver disease. If you have cirrhosis, there maybe be problems with ascites. Other conditions might include migraine headaches, diabetes, high blood pressure, or sinus problems.

Today

Your present concerns are the real reason you visited the doctor. Be prepared to talk about your symptoms by telling how long you have had them. Let the doctor know about your questions, concerns, and fears.

Telling the facts of your life can be a little depressing. Looking at your whole life from a medical standpoint might bring up feelings of sadness. Take a deep breath and let it go. It is what it is and now you can get on with the business of getting better.

Soon your medical history is on paper. Get a copy of it for your personal files. It is a huge help for health providers to see all of you!

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