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How do doctors find the cause of pain?

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If you have pain, your doctor has many ways to find out what’s causing it. She will ask about your symptoms and your medical history, including any illness, injury, or surgery.

Your doctor will also examine you and may order blood tests or X-rays.

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Sympathetic Nerve Blocks for Pain.”

PubMed Journals: “The Impact of Discography on the Surgical Decision in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain.”

Radiologyinfo.org: “Nerve Blocks.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 26, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Sympathetic Nerve Blocks for Pain.”

PubMed Journals: “The Impact of Discography on the Surgical Decision in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain.”

Radiologyinfo.org: “Nerve Blocks.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 26, 2019

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