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Diagnosing persistent pain

Your GP or specialist will diagnose persistent pain (also called chronic pain) after performing any appropriate tests to rule out a treatable cause for the pain. It is common for sufferers of persistent pain to want more investigations as they search for a cure, but we now know that to manage persistent pain well, it is important to accept the pain is there and then move on from this.

Your doctor should take a detailed story of your pain and how it affects you in your everyday life. They may want to send you away with some questions and ask you to keep a diary. This information can help them to tailor your treatment to your needs. It can also be helpful for you to think about what your triggers are and how your pain affects you.

Getting your family, whānau or other support people involved in this process also helps.

Important information your doctor will need to know

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On the next page: Frequently asked questions about persistent pain

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by Burwood Pain Management Centre clinical coordinator. Last reviewed June 2017.


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