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Describing pain to doctors

Apr 17, 2016 11:02 PM

I won't be able to see a doctor for a while, but when I do, I'd like to be prepared. I was wondering, what strategies, if any, do you use to describe your pain/symptoms to do doctors? My tendency is just to say that I hurt everywhere, and when asked what kind of pain I have, I can't narrow it down to one thing because I have lots of different types of pain. And that doesn't even touch the other symptoms. Thoughts?

Apr 17, 2016 11:45 PM

The more specific you can be the better it will be for you. The doctors like to know what makes pain worse, what makes it better and so on. I found picking the worst spot no more than 3 let my doctor focus more than I ache everywhere. I would say i am hurting all over the worst places are...... Let them know what you have tried...what otc meds and results, exercises and so on. You do need to figure out what the pain feels like ie. Burning, tingling, cramping etc. Odds are you have multiple pain feelings and I am sure this app helps with that. I always write things down to take to my appointment. Just remember you typically have a 15 minutes window with a doctor so you may need multiple appointments for each issue.

Apr 18, 2016 3:51 AM

Show him pictures from this app! It will help describe the right areas and the relative intensity! I actually love the rotatable picture and have been trying to record my pain over the last few days after discovering this app.

Also, a good rule of thumb is that any decent pain doctor will help you towards an accurate description. If your doctor isn't doing that, please get a second opinion from someone who may be more intuitive about pain symptoms.

I hope this helps and wish you the best of luck!

Apr 18, 2016 7:02 AM

I show my pics from the app and write out a dissertation when needed. I was keeping a written journal before I found this app. As it was already stated be specific -nerve pain / state locations, muscle pain/ location, bone pain/ location. The more details the better. I know it is alot but it will help your treatment and care plan. Not to mention it will show you are not drug seeking. I always find it helps me feel validated too. Best of luck I know it is alot to try to have your doctor's attention for the time necessary but that is all you can really do. Be your own best advocate.

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