Doctor-patient articles related to symptoms and diagnosis:
I am confused as to how this is different than hypothyroidism….?? I guess I don’t get it all. I do have a question though, I have a chronically low temperature, EXCEPT when I’m at a doctor’s office. Is it that I am always bundled up because I’m so cold or know I will get cold? I usually run anywhere from -, but I have found that every time I think I have a fever, I check and that is when my temperature is the lowest, yet I am hot and sweating and very uncomfortable! Is there an explanation for this?
A sign has the potential to be objectively observed by someone other than the patient, whereas a symptom does not. There is a correlation between this difference and the difference between the medical history and the physical examination . Symptoms belong only to the history, whereas signs can often belong to both. Clinical signs such as rash and muscle tremors are objectively observable both by the patient and by anyone else. Some signs belong only to the physical examination, because it takes medical expertise to uncover them. (For example, laboratory signs such as hypocalcaemia or neutropenia require blood tests to find.) A sign observed by the patient last week but now gone (such as a resolved rash) was a sign, but it belongs to the medical history, not the physical examination, because the physician cannot independently verify it today.