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Keeping a Symptom Diary

symptom-diaryBefore any consultation with Dr. Davis, it’s a great idea to keep a symptom journal. One way to do this is with a simple spreadsheet on the computer or using graph paper; symptoms are listed down one side with the day of the month on the other. At the end of each day, you check the box if you experienced any of the symptoms listed. The purpose of a symptom diary is to determine if there is a recognizable pattern to your symptoms and also to help you remember which symptoms you experienced when, and which symptoms were experienced together.

These types of specifics are incredibly valuable to our staff. The timing and grouping of gynecological symptoms can help us point to a specific condition or give us incredible insight into your day-to-day quality of life. The more information you can provide us, the better.

Some symptoms to start tracking are varying degrees of pain (mild, moderate, extreme), hot flashes, night sweats, pain with intercourse, acne breakouts, sore breasts, menstrual cycle and level of flow, spotting, painful bowel movement, constipation, diarrhea, mood swings, panic/anxiety, urinary frequency, bladder infection, etc. Modify the journal to include your symptoms and bring it to your consultation with Dr. Davis.

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