We all do it. We feel an ailment, Google our symptoms and self-diagnose. But once you've made your doctor's appointment (as you should!), should you tell them what you believe you have?
"Me, as a doctor, I want you to tell me what you think is going on," she explains. "At a doctor's appointment, it's really the meeting of two experts. I am the expert in health and disease and you are the expert in your health and your disease and what's going on with you."
"I had a patient with fever, low blood pressure, sore throat and diarrhea," Dr. Lisa recalls. "I took a good history and did a thorough physical exam. But 48 hours later, all the tests (Lyme disease, various other bacteria, salmonella, etc.) were negative. As I was giving her the results, she said, 'Oh, I think this might be dengue fever because I was just in Puerto Rico visiting relatives and everybody in the neighborhood had dengue and felt just like this.' Sure enough, that's what she had."
"How will I know what's going on if you don't share with me what you think and what you feel?" she continues.
She has a point. Always communicate with your doctor!