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How to find out there is something wrong w/ me.

  1. Sep 3, 2007 #1
    I have seen that making routinely check ups with your local doctor just doesn't cut it. For instance, if I have a worm in my stomach, are they suppose to find that out? There are tons of things that we should be taking preventive measures about, however, some we know, others we dont. So I guess my question is, how do I find it out?

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  3. Sep 3, 2007 #2

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    If one had a worm, there are ways to determine that, and yes the doctor should be able to diagnose that based on symptoms. A doctor may not consider that if he/she does not expect one to be exposed to an environment in which worms reside. One should inform the doctor if one suspects one has been exposed to worms, e.g. if one visited an area where worms or other parasites are common.

    What makes one suspect that something is wrong with one's health? Aside from diet (nutrition) and exercise, or deficiencies therein, and aside from illness (cancer, an auto-immune disease, . . . .), one's illness could be psychological.

    Certainly if one has stomach distress, it could be related to stress, or an ulcer.

    If one's symptoms are related to one stomach or digestive system, then one should see a specialist - a gastroenterologist - in addition to one's doctor, who is likely a general practitioner.
     
  4. Sep 5, 2007 #3
    But the thing is, there are thousands of things like these out there and I can't know symptoms of all of them, so I guess what I am getting at is that what are the preventative measures I can take to stop all kinds of diseases. There are new things about health that I find out everyday.
     
  5. Sep 5, 2007 #4
    Yes, there are thousands of things that affect your health, but that's the key phrase
    they affect your health
    This means your health will change, and you will have symptoms (such as pain, fever, or whatnot). Those things that are asymptomatic are the only ones you really need to be concerned with (and in that regard, many of them are also not a real big concern).
     
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