People explain symptoms differently when in pain. This is obvious if you ever read eHealth forum or went on WebMD.com. However, what do you do when trying to explain symptoms to your friend or a health care practitioner who is supposed to fix you? The limitation of explaining symptoms to get relief from those symptoms has to do with three important undeniable facts;
- Everyone experiences pain differently.
- A persons education level (even people with master’s degrees have difficulty explaining “where it hurts” unless you are in the medical field).
- The duration of the problem or condition.
Before you finish reading this I would like you to follow a series of questions that will lead you to your own solution. This may take time and some work on your part but you will be a lot wiser and save some money along the way.
- What do you do for a living? Ask this and think about where you hurt. Your pain could be the result of a repetitive use injury related to your job.
- Is this the first time you have had this problem? A recurring condition may indicate that what you did before may not have fixed the cause, only masked the problem.
- If you had help with the problem before, what did the person tell you about it? Write everything down when you interact with a healthcare provider. This person could be a doctor, massage therapist or other professional that is offering you sound advice.
- Do you know if the pain is from muscle or nerve? Defining this for yourself can be helpful and tell you what is going to provide the most pain relief. Here is a good article to help you with this question: Cause Of Stabbing Shooting Back Pain Muscle Or Nerve?
- What other healthcare providers have you looked at or seen for help regarding the issue? There are a variety of people who can help with pain. Here is a short list I can think of; massage therapist, acupuncturist, chiropractor, exercise/physical therapist, a yoga/Pilates instructor and a nutritionist.