Doctor Discussion Guide

Most patients lack any real relationship with their healthcare provider, so an awkward dialogue takes place during most discussions in doctor’s offices. Here are the essential questions to be thinking about before going to your appointment, and questions to review with your healthcare provider to get the most out of the visit. Just select a condition in the box below and your prep list will appear below.

Back Pain Discussion Guide

Written by eHealth Navigator Tuesday, 3 April 2012 8:54AM

You can help your doctor help you. Just bring these conversation starters with you to the office. The more you can tell your doctor about your back pain and those things that may have caused it, the more he or she can help.

To use the conversation starters, just follow these 3 simple steps:
• Print out the list of questions below
• Answer the questions
• Make an appointment to see your doctor and show him or her the page


1. How long have you felt this pain?

a. For the last month

b. For the last three months

c. Longer than three months


2. How often do you feel this pain?

a. Constant pain throughout the day

b. Once a day

c. Once a week

d. Once a month


3. What could be causing your pain, please list any ideas :






4. On a scale from 0 to 10, how would you rate the most severe back pain you have felt in the past week?


5. On a scale for 0 to 10, how would you rate the least severe back pain you have felt in the past week?


6. What medications are you currently taking, including nonprescription medicines and supplements?


7. Besides medication, what other treatments have you tried for you pain?


8. Please note which of these treatment options have helped.


Once you are done print your list of questions. Bring it with you to your next doctor's appointment.