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Outline of possible symptoms

Possible questions you might explore with the patient.

Lets look at some of the areas you might explore in order to identify the problem. For each of the symptoms you will want to know how long it has been present, did it start gradually or suddenly; whether it is constant or comes and goes, and if it seems to be getting worse or better. There are some specific questions you might want to ask about the main symptoms:

Symptoms

Cough

  • Duration
  • With or without phlegm
  • With or without blood
  • Repeated respiratory tract infections

Breathlessness

  • Disturb you at night
  • Sudden onset
  • Been there a while
  • When walking or working

Fever and chills

  • When and how high

Weight loss

  • How much? (in stones/lbs – or clothes size)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Tiredness/fatigue
  • Pain in back, shoulder or chest
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