About pain assessment

Pain history

Patterns of pain

Describing how it feels

Rating pain

Pain history

Your health care team will have a lot of questions as they assess your pain. Questions like these will help them get a fuller picture of the pain that you've been experiencing:

How severe is the pain?

Where is the pain? Does it spread to other parts of your body?

When did the pain start?

Is the pain steady or does it come and go?

What does the pain feel like?

What makes the pain better? What makes it worse?

What pain medications have you tried in the past?

How effective were they?

Did they cause any side effects?

How is the pain affecting your life? Is it keeping you

from doing the things you want to do?

How are you coping emotionally with the pain?

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