Friday, January 25, 2008

Talking to your doctor about pain

Explaining your pain to a doctor can be very difficult. Your idea of pain and the doctor's idea of pain may not be on the same wavelength or your doctor may not understand what you are trying to convey.

If you look at how many people are reluctant to mention their pain to their doctors to begin with and combine this with a difficulty to discuss pain, then you can see we have a real problem.

Some people are much better with visual aids than explaining things, so the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has published a pain drawing that allows you to mark where you are having pain and what the pain is like. If you click on the drawing, you will go to the site where you can download it to print it off. I think it's a great idea so I do hope that people will take advantage of it.

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