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Cravings Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Cravings. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you noticed the cravings?

    Why: to establish if acute or chronic.

  2. What foods or substances do you crave?

    Why: e.g. salty foods may be suggestive of Addison's disease or premenstrual tension; sweet foods e.g. chocolate may be suggestive of premenstrual tension; carbohydrate food craving may be suggestive of diabetes; craving of alcohol may suggest alcoholism.

  3. Is the craving uncontrolled?

    Why: may suggest addiction.

  4. Causes of iron deficiency?

    Why: e.g. heavy periods, hemorrhoids, rectal bleeding, vomiting blood, peptic ulcer, bowel cancer, pregnancy, celiac disease, vegetarian diet.

  5. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. diabetes, Addison's disease, iron deficiency, depression, anxiety, eating disorders.

  6. Medications?

    Why: e.g. warfarin and anti-inflammatory medications may increase risk of iron deficiency; steroid medications and some anti-psychotic medications may increase risk of diabetes.

  7. Alcohol history?

    Why: may help determine chance of alcoholism.

  8. Family history?

    Why: e.g. diabetes, Addison's disease, alcoholism, depression.

  9. Symptoms of alcohol dependence?

    Why: e.g. awareness of a compulsion to drink, increased tolerance to the effects of alcohol and experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

  10. Symptoms of pregnancy?

    Why: e.g. missed periods, nausea, tender breasts, frequent urination - pregnant women may experience a variety of cravings.

  11. Symptoms of premenstrual tension?

    Why: e.g. breast tenderness, feelings of abdominal distention, increased appetite, food cravings and mental symptoms such as depressed mood, anxiety and irritability occurring for up to 10 days prior to a menstrual period and end one to two days after the period starts.

  12. Symptoms of diabetes?

    Why: e.g. frequent urination, excessive thirst, passing urine at night, weight loss, blurry vision.

  13. Symptoms of Addison's disease?

    Why: e.g. pigmentation, tiredness, weight loss, loss of appetite, nausea and diarrhea.

  14. Symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress or seasonal affective disorder?

    Why: can lead to cravings for comfort food.

  15. Symptoms of eating disorders?

    Why: may experience cravings and subsequent binge eating episodes often associated with restrictive dieting and symptoms of depression.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Cravings:

The following list of conditions have 'Cravings' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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