It's hard to tell complex stories.
It's hard for patients to remember and articulate what happened. They are forced to repeat their story over and over, and the details often get lost in translation. People with invisible symptoms often feel they are not taken seriously, and they end up jumping from doctor to doctor in an effort to get a diagnosis.
Doctors have a hard time creating a mental picture of what happened.
Since people can only keep about four things in their 'working memory' at once, doctors listening to a complex story (or digging around for it in the medical record) are more likely to lose track of key information and make an error.
Tell a visual story instead.
I offer free tools and 1-on-1 support to help you visualize your health story so you can share it in your next doctor visit. You can:
See what happened on a detailed timeline
Put together drawings of your symptoms
Create a neat and organized summary of your health history.