Chronic Pain | Diagnosis & Tests


What should I tell my doctor about my pain?

Telling your doctor about your pain will help him or her find the right treatment for you. Tell your doctor where the pain is, how bad it is and how often your pain occurs. Also talk about what makes the pain better or worse.

How will my doctor diagnose the cause of my pain?

Your doctor probably will ask you about your medical history, do a physical exam, and may run tests to help determine the cause of your pain. Your doctor will also review other health problems you may have (such as breathing problems and heart conditions) because these may keep you from doing some types of therapy. Your doctor may also ask if you have had any problems with sleep, mood, or anxiety.


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Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 03/00