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PMS refers to a set of physical, behavioral, or emotional symptoms that tend to:
It is important to keep a daily diary or log to record the type of symptoms you have, how severe they are, and how long they last. You should keep this "symptom diary" for at least 3 months. It will help your doctor make an accurate PMS diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment.
The most common physical symptoms include:
Other symptoms include:
There are no physical examination findings or lab tests specific to the diagnosis of PMS. To rule out other potential causes of symptoms, it is important to have a:
A symptom calendar can help women identify the most troublesome symptoms and confirm the diagnosis of PMS.
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