Medical history to assess chronic pain

Your health professional will obtain your medical history by asking questions related to:

  • Your general medical history, past illnesses, and overall health.
  • Your pain: how long it has lasted, whether you have had it before, how it was treated, and what relieves your pain.
    • Describe your pain: where, how severe, how often?
    • Do any movements or activities make it better or worse?
    • Do you have burning sensations, a pins-and-needles feeling, or shooting pain?
    • What medications or other treatments have you tried? Were they effective? Any side effects?
  • Your family history of chronic pain: whether other members of your family have had it and how it was treated.
  • Prescription and nonprescription medications that you are taking.
  • Any history you have of alcohol or drug dependence.
  • Any complementary or alternative medicine therapies that you are using or have tried including supplements, such as herbs.

Last Updated: January 20, 2009

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