Key questions

• Can you carefully point out exactly where you feel the pain?

• Does the pain move from joint to joint or stay in the same joint?

• Are you aware of anything that brought on the pain?

• Does the pain disturb you at night?

• Do your joints feel very sore or stiff when you wake up in the morning?

• What effect does exercise or activity have on the pain or stiffness?

• Have you had an injury in the past to your painful joint(s)?

• Do you get pain over both your shoulders and upper arms?

• Have you noticed any change in the colour of your urine?

• Have you had sinus trouble?

• Have you had acute pain in your big toe or in other joints before?

• Do you have a history of psoriasis?

• Do you have a history of rheumatic fever?

• Do you have pain in your neck or lower back or in other joints?

• Have you had any diarrhoea?

• Have you had a discharge from your penis?

• Have you had any problems wih your eyes?

• What drugs are you taking? Are you taking fluid tablets (diuretics)?

• How much alcohol would you drink a day?

• Have you been visiting the country or exposed to ticks or have you been to a deer farm?

• Have you travelled overseas recently?

• Have you been at risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease?

• Have you been drinking untreated milk recently?

Dealing With Back Pain

Dealing With Back Pain

Deal With Your Pain, Lead A Wonderful Life An Live Like A 'Normal' Person. Before I really start telling you anything about me or finding out anything about you, I want you to know that I sympathize with you. Not only is it one of the most painful experiences to have backpain. Not only is it the number one excuse for employees not coming into work. But perhaps just as significantly, it is something that I suffered from for years.

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