Psalm 69:29 - I am in pain and distress; may your salvation, O God, protect me.
It’s not just been one day.
It’s not just been one week.
It’s not just been one month.
This has been going on for a long time and you need answers.
Doctors use many different measures to diagnose a chronic pain or health condition.
Interviewing a patient and obtaining their account is an important place to start. Some of the questions they may ask are: when they first started feeling the pain, if the patient can determine the cause, what have they used for treatment at home up to this point, what is the patient’s medical history for clues, and have they seen any other doctors who attempted to treat the pain.
After the interview, then the physician can determine what other steps might also help diagnose the condition. Let’s take a look at some of those steps as noted on spineuniverse.com:
The next step will be to do a physical exam – Range of motion, posture, and general physical condition.
Then the physician will do a neurological exam – Testing the nerves, reflexes, physical strength, is the pain spreading and how well you can feel.
There may also be a mental health exam which can be conducted initially by your physician, but may then be referred to a mental health specialist for further examination – Symptoms of disorders, such as anxiety and depression that can develop alongside chronic pain.
Then your physician may run diagnostic tests. Find some of the possible tests that will be run such as blood tests and scans, and what each test looks for by reading the article, “Exams and Tests to Diagnose Chronic Pain,” on spineuniverse.com.
When you are in pain and distress, as the Bible verse above states, having tests done to ascertain the problem can be used by God to help diagnose the condition and to protect you from experiencing increased symptoms and pain.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.