Knowing the types of questions that your doctor may ask can help you feel
more prepared. See the list below to get a sense of what information will be
important to your doctor. Your answers to these questions will help your doctor
figure out next steps -- for example, what treatment is best, what tests to
order, if you need to see a physical therapist, if you need to see a specialist.
You can make your visit more efficient if you think about your answers before
going to the doctor.
- Did you have a particular injury or accident?
- Have you ever had back pain before?
- How long have you had the pain this particular time?
- What were you doing just before the pain began? Were you lifting or bending?
Sitting at your computer? Driving a long distance?
- If you have had episodes of back pain in the past, how often do you tend
to get them? How long does each episode usually last?
- What does the pain feel like? (For example, is it dull, sharp, throbbing,
- What makes the pain worse?
- What makes the pain feel better?
- Is there any particular time of day when the pain feels better or worse?
- Do you have any numbness or tingling?
- Have you noticed any weakness in your legs?
- Have you lost weight recently without trying?
- Have you had a fever?
- Do you have any urinary symptoms like going to the bathroom more often
than usual? Do you have a burning sensation when you urinate?
- Have your bowel habits changed?
- Has there been a change in your walking or ability to balance?
Review Date: 4/6/2007
Reviewed By: Benjamin D. Roye, M.D., M.P.H., Orthopaedic Surgery, The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
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