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Healing symptoms Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Healing 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 poor healing?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Where on the body do you have problems with poor healing?

    Why: if only on the lower legs this may suggest venous insufficiency, peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation) or neurological disease.

  3. How old are you?

    Why: healing does reduce with normal aging.

  4. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. diabetes, Cushing's syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome, kidney disease, jaundice, cancer, tuberculosis, AIDS, hemophilia or sickle cell disease may all cause poor healing.

  5. Medications?

    Why: certain medications may cause poor healing such as corticosteroids, immune suppressants, cancer chemotherapy.

  6. Previous ionizing radiation therapy?

    Why: can cause impaired wound healing.

  7. Dietary history?

    Why: e.g. scurvy due to Vitamin C deficiency causes poor healing; malnutrition impairs healing especially protein depletion; deficiency of Vitamins A and C, zinc, manganese and protein cause impaired wound healing.

  8. Family history?

    Why: e.g. hemophilia, sickle cell disease, diabetes, Ehlers -Danlos syndrome.

  9. Pain?

    Why: e.g. arterial ulcers due to inadequate arterial blood supply are usually very painful and include pain at rest; pain may also suggest infection of skin wound.

  10. Discharge?

    Why: may or may not indicate infection of the ulcer or wound site.

  11. Symptoms of wound infection?

    Why: e.g. red, swollen, warm, tender skin that may be discharging a pus-like discharge - if a wound or skin lesion is infected the healing will be poor.

  12. Symptoms of venous disease causing poor healing?

    Why: e.g. venous ulcers are usually on the inside of the lower leg, varicose veins may be visible on the legs.

  13. Symptoms of arterial vascular disease causing poor healing?

    Why: e.g. arterial ulcers usually occur on the outside of the lower leg, intermittent claudication , leg pain at rest, dry pale skin on lower legs, loss of hair on the lower legs.

  14. Symptoms of scurvy?

    Why: e.g. weakness, muscle pain, 'corkscrew hair', swollen spongy gums with bleeding and loosening of the teeth, spontaneous skin bruising, poor wound healing.

  15. Symptoms of Diabetes mellitus?

    Why: e.g. frequency of urination, excessive thirst, weight loss, fatigue, increased infections. May be complicated by peripheral neuropathy or peripheral vascular disease which increases the risk of poor healing leg and foot ulcers. Diabetes also directly causes poor skin healing.

  16. Symptoms of Cushing's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. weight gain especially central abdominal, change of appearance, moon-like face, thin skin, easy bruising, excessive facial hair growth, acne, muscle weakness, lack of or rare menstrual periods, poor libido, depression, psychosis, insomnia, frequent urination, excessive thirst, poor wound healing`

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Healing symptoms:

The following list of conditions have 'Healing 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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Conditions listing medical complications: Healing symptoms:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Healing symptoms' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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