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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Doctor's Appointment

Who is the appointment for?

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What is the reason for the appointment?

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Has a doctor evaluated you for chronic pain?

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Is the appointment with a current or new doctor?

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What are your symptoms? (Optional)

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What medications are you taking (if any) for chronic pain? (Optional)


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Most important questions to ask about Chronic Pain

Top 10 Questions about Chronic Pain

  1. What is the most likely cause of my chronic pain?
  2. Are there activities I should avoid or that may trigger or worsen my chronic pain?
  3. Are there any other symptoms that can occur with chronic pain that might indicate a more serious condition or that should alert me to call you?
  4. What conditions can cause chronic pain?
  5. How can I prevent chronic pain from returning?
  6. How can I prevent injuries and protect myself during exercise and physical activity?
  7. What are my treatment options for chronic pain?
  8. Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my pain and support my treatment?
  9. What can I expect from my chronic pain medication and how long will it take to start working?
  1. What is the most likely cause of my chronic pain?
  2. Is the cause of my chronic pain curable or controllable?
  3. How will my chronic pain and its cause affect my daily life and long-term health?
  4. What types of healthcare providers, such as a pain medicine doctor and a physical therapist, do I need to see and when?
  5. Are there activities I should avoid or that may trigger or worsen my chronic pain?
  6. Are there any other symptoms that can occur with chronic pain that might indicate a more serious condition or that should alert me to call you?
  7. What conditions can cause chronic pain?
  8. How is the cause of chronic pain diagnosed?
  9. Can my primary care doctor diagnose the cause of chronic pain or will I need to see a specialist?
  10. If my chronic pain comes and goes, do I need to be currently experiencing pain when I see the doctor for a diagnosis?
  11. How can I prevent chronic pain from returning?
  12. How can I prevent injuries and protect myself during exercise and physical activity?
  13. What are my treatment options for chronic pain?
  14. What should I do if my chronic pain gets worse?
  15. What might happen if I do nothing to treat my chronic pain?
  16. Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my pain and support my treatment?
  17. Are there specific types of exercises, such as core strengthening, stretching, or mind-body exercises, I should do to help my chronic pain?
  18. How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  19. Can I continue working while I'm treating my chronic pain?
  20. Where can I find a support group of people who understand my chronic pain experience?
  21. What can I expect from my chronic pain medication and how long will it take to start working?
  22. Is my chronic pain medication habit-forming and will I need higher doses over time?
  23. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  24. How long will I need to take my chronic pain medication and can I take it as needed?