Most visits to the doctor start with the question "What brings you in today?" Preparing a pain worksheet gives the medical professional key information to help personalise your visit.
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Consumer Reports share sthe acronym OPQRST for explaining your aches and woes:
- Onset: When did the problem first start?
- Place: Where does it hurt? Some people use Provocation: what causes it to hur?
- Quality of pain? Is it a sharp or burning pain? Or is it more dull and aching?
- Radiation (or region): Does it bother you other places at the same time?
- Severity: How bad is the pain on a scale of one to 10?
- Time (or trigger): How long has it been going on?
Typically you will be asked these questions during your visit, but some organisation saves everyone time. Once you have a detailed list of your pain, you'll focus more on the treatment during your visit.
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Get the right medical diagnosis [Consumer Reports]