What Is Best Way To Communicate Your Pain To Your Doctor?

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  1. JLH

    JLH New Member

    What is the best way to communicate my pain to a physician?

    Clinicians need to know the seven aspects of pain to help make the correct diagnosis. Remember the mnemonic LOCATES to describe your pain:

    L = the exact Location of the pain and whether it travels to other body parts.

    O = Other associated symptoms such as nausea, numbness, or weakness.

    C = the Character of the pain, whether it’s throbbing, sharp, dull, or burning.

    A = Aggravating and Alleviating factors. What makes the pain better or worse?

    T = the Timing of the pain, how long it lasts, is it constant or intermittent?

    E = the Environment where the pain occurs, for example, while working or at home.

    S = the Severity of the pain.

    Use a 0 to 10 pain scale from no pain to worst ever.

    To measure the severity of the pain, your doctor should have a visual analog scale which has a 0 (no pain) to 10 (worst pain ever) line where you choose the level of pain you are experiencing.

    Another scale called the Wong-Baker Faces scale shows six different facial expressions from happy (no hurt) to agony (hurts worst).

    May, 2007
    by Allan Platt, PA-C, MMSc
    The American Pain Foundation

    Allan Platt PA-C, MMSc, is a 1979 graduate and current faculty member at the Emory University PA Program and practiced at the Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at Grady Health System in Atlanta. He is also co-author of Overcoming Pain (2004) and Hope and Destiny: A Patient’s and Parent’s Guide to Sickle Cell Disease (2006).

    [This Message was Edited on 05/18/2007]

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