Symptoms are manifestations or causes of a disease or group of diseases.
Symptoms are those complaints or problems that bring a patient to the
doctor or other health care provider.
Understanding the significance of symptoms can be crucial. Headache and
nausea can be manifestations of such diverse conditions as flu, depression,
or migraine headache. They may also represent more ominous conditions,
such as brain tumors, ruptured aneurysms or hydrocephalus. Abdominal pain
can be triggered by such varied conditions as indigestion, gallstones
or colon cancer.
Symptoms may be chronic or acute. They may occur suddenly or be progressive.
Symptoms may also be recurrent.
The important thing to remember, is that understanding the underlying
cause of your symptoms may be crucial. Education of patients about their
symptoms improves the chance of obtaining the right diagnosis and obtaining
prompt and correct treatment.
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