Back Problems and Injuries - Preparing For Your Appointment
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
You can help your
doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the
- What are your main symptoms?
- How long
have you had your symptoms?
- If you were injured, how and when did
the injury occur? How was it treated?
- What were you doing at the
time the back pain started?
- Have you been in a fight or been
punched or kicked in the back?
- Have you had any injuries in the
past to the same area? Do you have any continuing problems because of the
- If you have chronic back pain, has the pain
- Do you have leg weakness; numbness in the
buttocks, genitals, or legs; or loss of bladder or bowel
- Do you have any other symptoms, such as belly pain,
urinary problems, or fever?
- Have you recently been treated for a
kidney or bladder infection or other problem?
- Have you had any
recent, unexplained weight loss?
- Do you have a fever?
- What activities, related to
sports, work, or your lifestyle, make your symptoms better or
- Do you think that activities related to your job or hobbies
caused your symptoms?
- What home treatment measures have you tried?
Did they help?
- What nonprescription medicines have you taken? Did
- Are you using alcohol or other drugs, such as marijuana
or heroin, to control your pain?
- Do you have any
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 05, 2011
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