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Encyclopedia > Prodromal

The term symptom (from the Greek syn = con/plus and pipto = fall, together meaning co-exist) has two similar meanings in the context of physical and mental health:

  • A symptom may loosely be said to be a physical condition which shows that one has a particular illness or disorder (see e.g. Longman, 1995). An example of a symptom in this sense of the word would be a rash. However, correctly speaking, this is known as a sign, as would any indication detectable by a person other than the sufferer in the absence of verbal information from the patient.
  • Strictly, a symptom is a sensation or change in health function experienced by a patient. In this, medically correct, sense of the word, it is a subjective report, as opposed to a sign, which is objective evidence of the presence of a disease or disorder. Examples of symptoms are fatigue/tiredness, pain, or nausea. The symptom that leads to a diagnosis is called a cardinal symptom. In contrast, elevated blood pressure, or abnormal appearance of the retina, would be a medical sign indicating the nature of the disease.
  • When used in jest, symptom(s) is shouted loudly, as first used in the Judah Christian School Health class by Nate Newhouse.

RASH (Red and Anarchist Skinheads) is a left-wing anti-racist, anti-fascist skinhead gang. ... In medicine, a sign is a feature of disease as detected by the doctor. ... In semantics, the patient is the passive part of a process. ... A disease is any abnormal condition of the body or mind that causes discomfort, dysfunction, or distress to the person affected or those in contact with the person. ... Disorder may refer to : A disease, in medicine Randomness (lack of order), in information theory This is a disambiguation page — a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... Fatigue is a feeling of excessive tiredness or lethargy, with a desire to rest, perhaps to sleep. ... Fatigue is a feeling of excessive tiredness or lethargy, with a desire to rest, perhaps to sleep. ... According to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), one should distinguish between pain and nociception. ... Nausea (Greek Ναυτεία) is the sensation of unease and discomfort in the stomach with an urge to vomit. ... A cardinal symptom is the primary or major symptom by which a diagnosis is made. ... For other forms of hypertension see hypertension (disambiguation) Hypertension or high blood pressure is a medical condition where the blood pressure in the arteries is chronically elevated. ... Human eye cross-sectional view. ...

See also

general anxiety cachexia loss of appetite weight loss dizziness / vertigo double vision drowsiness dry mouth fatigue/tiredness/malaise fever insomnia itching jaundice pain abdominal pain chest pain rash swelling / edema /anasarca /blister syncope tremor tinnitus gastrointestinal system anorexia bloating/belching blood in stool: melena, hematochezia constipation diarrhea dysphagia dyspepsia flatulence...


  • Longman dictionary of contemporary English (1995). Third edition.

External links

  • Online Medical Symptom Checker

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In a long prodromal, go with the contraction pattern: nudge it along when the contractions are strong and rest the mom when they fade.
I wouldn't admit to the labor ward in uncomplicated prodromal except for the therapeutic rest.
She had been doing the prodromal thing for 36 hours and the last time I checked her at 10pm she was -2, 2 cm with q5-7 minute ctx.
UPJ - UCLA Undergraduate Psychology Journal (2238 words)
The 'prodrome' is described as "the early symptoms and signs of an illness that precede the characteristic manifestations of the acute, fully developed illness" (Yung and McGorry, 1996).
The prodromal phase in schizophrenia is an important area of study because early intervention with individuals at risk of developing the disease may help lead to better outcomes (McGlashan, 1996; McGorry et al., 1996).
Although first hand accounts from prodromal individuals are the primary source of information about their symptoms, reports from family members and other parents can also help to better illustrate the symptom picture and aid in early detection.
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