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Flu-like symptoms Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Flu-like symptoms. 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 had the flu-like symptoms?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. What do you exactly mean by flu-like symptoms? -"flu" usually refers to influenza virus infection which causes a relatively debilitating illness and should not be confused with the common cold. The illness commences abruptly with a fever, headache, shivering and generalized muscle aching, especially aching of the limbs. These symptoms are often followed by sore throat, dry cough and runny nose. "Flu-like symptoms" are any of the above symptoms which may occur in a wide range of febrile illnesses
  3. What is the pattern of the fever?

    Why: e.g. intermittent fever of malaria, Epstein-Barr virus and ascending cholangitis; continuous fever is common with viral infections such as influenza; remittent fever where temperature returns towards normal for a variable period but is always elevated may occur with pelvic abscess, wound infection and cancer; undulant fever where bouts of fever for several days are followed by several days of normal temperature occur with brucellosis infection and lymphomas.

  4. Are you breast feeding?

    Why: acute mastitis often features fevers, tiredness, muscle aches and pains along with a sore red lump in the breast.

  5. Travel history?

    Why: overseas travelers or visitors may have special or even exotic infections.

  6. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. AIDS, Rheumatic fever, pneumonia, immunodeficiency, cancer.

  7. Recent surgery?

    Why: may suggest post-operative complication e.g. wound infection, aspiration pneumonia, lung collapse, urinary catheter related urinary tract infection, intra-abdominal abscess.

  8. Medications?

    Why: drugs can cause fever, presumably due to hypersensitivity e.g. allopurinol, antihistamines, barbiturates, cephalosporins, cimetidine, methyl dopa, penicillins, isoniazid, phenytoin, procainamide, salicylates, sulphonamides; some drugs can suppress the immune system and increase risk of infections e.g. cancer chemotherapy agents.

  9. Sexual history?

    Why: may help to determine risk of HIV, hepatitis, syphilis, pelvic inflammatory disease e.g. AIDS patients pose a special risk for infections including opportunistic infections.

  10. Pain and location of the pain?

    Why: can help determine focus of infection e.g. sore throat may indicate streptococcal pharyngitis, viral upper respiratory infection, infectious mononucleosis, leukemia and subacute thyroiditis; headache may indicate meningitis or encephalitis; chest pain may suggest pulmonary infarction, heart attack, Bornholm disease, tuberculosis, pleurisy or empyema; abdominal pain may suggest pyelonephritis, cholecystitis, appendicitis, liver abscess or diverticulitis; joint pain may suggest rheumatic fever, rheumatoid arthritis or septic arthritis; ear ache may suggest middle ear infection or mastoiditis.

  11. Frequency and burning of urine?

    Why: would suggest pyelonephritis, abscess around the kidney or abscess in the prostate.

  12. Cough?

    Why: may suggest pneumonia, lung abscess, bronchiectasis, tuberculosis or chronic fungal disease in the lung.

  13. Bone pain or bone swelling?

    Why: may suggest osteomyelitis.

  14. Body discharge?

    Why: e.g. vaginal, penile, anal, tooth, ear, nasal.

  15. Body rash?

    Why: may help determine cause of fever e.g. drug reaction, meningococcemia, viral illnesses, subacute bacterial endocarditis, secondary syphilis, pemphigus, lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, typhoid fever.

  16. Symptoms of influenza?

    Why: e.g. The illness commences abruptly with a fever, headache, shivering and generalized muscle aching, especially aching of the limbs. These symptoms are often followed by sore throat, dry cough and runny nose.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Flu-like symptoms:

The following list of conditions have 'Flu-like symptoms' 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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