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How do I prepare for a doctor visit about degenerative spinal diseases?

If you experience persistent back or neck pain, you should talk about your symptoms with a doctor. You can prepare for your appointment by making a list of your symptoms, when they began, and any medications or supplements you are taking, such as over-the-counter painkillers. You may also wish to bring a list of questions or concerns to discuss with your doctor, including traditional treatment options and alternative treatments. Depending on the severity of your symptoms and the results of any tests (such as X-rays) your doctor orders, your doctor may refer you to a specialist.

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