The language of pain: how patients and physicians communicate


The words we use to describe our pain can play a pivotal role in the diagnosis and management of our conditions.

Pain is a universal human experience, yet it remains one of the most challenging aspects of healthcare to understand and treat effectively.

It is subjective, deeply personal, and often difficult to put into words. This is why, when seeking medical help, it's essential to articulate the nature of your pain as accurately as possible.

When it comes to describing your pain, detail is key. The more information you provide, the better equipped your doctor will be to diagnose and treat your condition.

Your doctor will ask you several questions to assess your pain: Is it constant? Does it come and go? Can you be free of the pain for a day or a week? What makes it worse? What makes it better?

This detailed discussion is what doctors call the 'pain rundown' or the 'pain history.'

Your doctor may also ask you other questions about your life that will help 'complete the picture' with regards to your pain experience.

You may be asked to use a pain diary to record how your medicines, activities affect your pain levels throughout the day.

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