Because different types of back pain are treated in different ways, your doctor will want to know when your pain started, how severe it is and how it affects your daily life.
Your doctor will need to know how and when your pain first started, so think about this before your first appointment:
Pain is hard to describe because it happens in so many different ways. From a burn, to a pinch, to a strain – pinpointing your back pain isn’t that easy. But it’s important that you describe your pain as best as you can, so don’t pretend that your pain is better or worse than it actually is. Do your best to be clear and accurate with your descriptions.
Before you go to your doctor, think about how you might answer the following questions:
Living with back pain can also cause problems with day-to-day life. It’s important that your doctor understands how your pain is affecting you, your ability to work or carry out daily tasks, and also how it affects your family life. They may ask you the following questions: