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As an older adult, how should I assess my pain before calling my doctor?

Audrey K. Chun, MD
Geriatric Medicine
Self-assess your pain before speaking to your doctor. Rate your pain on an ascending scale of 0-10, with zero representing no pain and 10 representing the worst pain possible. You also should document how the pain impacts your daily activities or functions, as this will give your doctor a better idea of how severe and disabling your discomfort is.

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