Key questions to describe your pain to your doctor

16 August of 2011

During the visit to your doctor must be able to describe the intensity and duration of pain.

The intensity of pain, mild, moderate to severe, can be adjusted to a scale 0 a 10. Zero is the absence of pain and 10 is the worst pain imaginable.

Duration is the time you've had pain, if it was an episode of pain has been constant or.

There are some questions and answers that will help your doctor make a correct diagnosis and best treatment for your pain.

How and when the pain started?

What caused it?

Did it begin gradually or suddenly?

Where does it hurt? Can you bring to the area where it hurts?

Does the pain moves to other parts of the body?

When does it hurt? Is it worse at certain times of day or after specific activities?

How do you experience? Is it continuous or intermittent?

Do you have other symptoms associated with pain, as numbness?

What is it that your pain worse or better?

In addition to this information, your doctor may perform a complete physical examination to assess their fitness or conduct some additional tests that help to diagnose.

It is important to be honest and sincere about your pain. Minimized because they do not want to be a nuisance, or feel you should be able to “endure”. Nor should exaggerate the pain, for fear of not getting the help you need.

Some useful tips

7 from January to 2011

We want to give some tips that can be useful for patients with breakthrough cancer pain and their families and carers.

Breakthrough pain can and should be treated.- The pain known as breakthrough pain is a normal pain that can occur even if the pain is well controlled background pain medication prescribed for you.

We want to assure you that this pain, sometimes unpredictable and very intense, can be treated and controlled and need not suffer.

Your doctor may prescribe a different treatment to be prepared for these attacks of breakthrough pain. Not only effective treatment may consist of an analgesic, There are other methods that can help, as heat or cold in the place of pain, relaxation techniques, massage, etc..

Do not increase your dose of pain medication without consulting your doctor.- Increasing the dose of medication you are taking for back pain, without consulting your doctor, may increase the side effects and, even, may need extra doses to achieve the same analgesic effect. Do not forget that opioid analgesics are controlled drugs and can only be prescribed and monitored by a specialist.

Any medication, even the-counter analgesics, not be taken without consulting your doctor as you may alter the prescribed treatment and increase the side effects.

If breakthrough pain occurs do not panic.- The appearance of this high intensity pain and appearance without notice, not necessarily mean that your condition has deteriorated.

Contact your doctor to prescribe the appropriate pain medication and be prepared for this attack if pain recurs. Much better to be safe and , along with the standard treatment for back pain, a special treatment for breakthrough pain, to take only if the pain of high intensity occurs.

How do you talk to your doctor about your pain?

30 August of 2010
Your visit to your doctor is very important and, therefore, must prepare carefully; if you are well prepared and informed can help your doctor to do a proper diagnosis and effective treatment.

We have adapted a text by the American Pain Foundation with some tips that can help to talk to your doctor about your pain.

Prepare your next visit with care. It is important to write his Journal of Pain, with all that has experienced since last visit.
Bring written questions and concerns. It is also appropriate to note the doctor's answers; if accompanying a family member or friend ask you to take note of the responses, Sometimes the stress of the visit itself makes you forget some important issues.