It’s Poor Medical Care If The Doctor Isn’t Asking These 8 Questions.

(Print this out, fill it in before your appointment.)

  1. Where is your pain?

  2. When did it start?

  3. How bad is it?

  4. What kind of pain is it? (sharp, dull, aching, burning etc.)

  5. How often do you feel the pain? (is it constant, comes and goes, daily, hourly, monthly etc.)

  6. What makes it hurt more?

  7. What makes it feel better?

  8. Are there any other symptoms that are associated with the pain? (such as fever, redness, rashes, swelling etc.)

For an interactive symptom checker with pain questions and descriptions, visit

About Doug Roberts MD

Board certified practicing rheumatologist and founder of
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