Discussing Arthritis Pain With Your Doctor
- Take your medical history and ask questions, such as:
- How long have you been experiencing pain?
- How intense is the pain?
- How often does the pain occur?
- What causes it to get worse?
- What causes it to get better?
- Review the medications you are using
- Conduct a physical examination to determine causes of pain and how this pain is affecting your ability to function
- Take blood and/or urine samples and request necessary laboratory work
- Ask you to get x rays taken or undergo other imaging procedures, such as a CAT scan (computerized axial tomography) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to see how much joint damage has been done.
Once the doctor has done these things and reviewed the results of any tests or procedures, he or she will discuss the findings with you and design a comprehensive management approach for the pain caused by your arthritis.