Doctor visits can be intimidating for many international students; especially when it comes time to describe the symptoms they are expressing or filing their claims. Don’t worry… we’ve got you covered! We have prepared simple Q&A guide to help you accurately describe your symptoms to your doctor/physician. Doctors’ visits don’t always have to be intimidating!
Are you experiencing a cold?
I have a sore throat and a running nose. My eyes feel itchy, and I've also been experiencing dizziness.
Have been sneezing or coughing a lot?
Yes, I have a hoarse cough and at times, have lost my voice. I have also been coughing up Phlegm/mucus.
Any stuffy nose or fever?
Last time I checked; I had a 103 degrees fever.
I am currently experiencing aching bones and joints.
Are you only experiencing pain in your hands and feet or throughout your entire body?
I have pain, redness, and swelling in my right foot. The pain gets worse after I exercise.
Are you experiencing any other kinds of pain associated with this?
Yes, my back and shoulders hurt as well.
Okay, looks like you have a swollen ankle and a wart-like lump on the bottom of right foot. It's recommended that you should have an x-ray as soon as possible.
How do you feel?
My face and eyes feel itchy.
Are you allergic to anything?
I used to have hives/ skin rashes.
You should first avoid scratching itches.
I have been feeling sick recently in the flu season, should I take another flue shot？
Do you have any Proof of Immunization Compliance?
Yes, I had received the MMR shots and the Varicella shots.
Ok, Flu shots can be received once or twice a year.
I will think about it. Any other vaccines I should consider？
According to your record, you should possibly take one more shot of DTaP.
How is your sleep quality？
I have occasional nightmares.
Do you feel sleepy at night, or is it hard for you to concentrate in daytime?
I will easily wake up during the middle of the night or in the early morning, then I can’t fall asleep.
I feel like I’m having tight chest and it makes me suffocating.
Do you exercise a lot these days? So you feel difficulty breathing?
It’s just when I breath, it is more like wheezing.
I suggest that you need an aerosol therapy now.
My belly feels a little too full and I always feel pain after meal.
Where does it hurt? Upper, lower, left or right abdomen?
I am not so sure, but I did fart a lot these days. I haven’t pooped in a while and I guess I may have constipation.
Have you noticed any bleeding when you have diarrhea?
I have been feeling some pain when I poop and I saw blood after wiping.
These days I sweat a lot and feel extremely tired.
Have you experienced high blood pressure before?
Sometimes I feel dizzy and have tight chest when I bend over or lie down. These days I am always thirsty and urinate so often.
Any double vision or bulging eyes?
No, just some ear pain and buzzing.
Are you experiencing any infections or just menstrual cramps?
My period is three weeks late this month，and I have heavy bleeding. And last time there are occasional spotting of blood between periods.
Do you have any vaginal discomfort or discharge? Any unpleasant odors?
阴部发痒, 阴道分泌异物? 异味？
No, but I do feel my right breast hurts and it's swollen.
Okay let’s see, it could be breast lumps
I think I have trouble peeing.
Found any discharge from your penis?
Nope, just that I have burning pain when urinating.
Ok, we need to check if there are any testicle lumps. Difficulty holding or releasing urine?
I pee less these days and have small urinary stream.
We will take samples and check if the urine is cloudy and has strong smell
I feel pain and swelling in the gum tissue and jaw
Any red or swollen gums?
The gums do bleed sometimes, the tooth hurts when I chew
You don’t really have bad breath, but you do have 4 cavities which need a deep cleaning and several fillings.
I just removed my wisdom teeth, so I might want to do that later.
No problem. We can arrange braces treatment, whitening or root canal treatment anytime.
Would you like to see eye doctor or optometrist？
I want to check about if I got keratitis, trichiasis, or corneal foreign body. My right eye has been itchy recently.
Sure, this is a slit-lamp for our examination, do you have any floaters, double vision, or gritty feeling in the eyes？
No，I am just near-sighted with slight astigmatism.
You have inflammation now, should avoid any contact lens recently.
Let me first meaure your heart beat and blood pressure, and tell me about your sleep quality and overall feelings.
I felt extremely anxious and can not sleep well recently.
How long has it been? Any diabetes, or hearing voices or seeing objects?
I think I have memory problems that I will easily forget things and I am too stressed out.
I need to follow up on the hallucination and disorientation, how about we schedule our next session of consultation.
Last week I have patellar fracture, now I am here for a follow-up.
Sorry to hear that, you still find any tenderness, hematoma, or joint stiffness?
Still a bit, there is some hematoma.
Let me check your ligament, and then we change your bandage and plaster.