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What will a doctor want to know about my acute pain?

Acute pain can be caused by a wide variety of conditions, some of which are inherently dangerous. If you bring up your pain with a doctor, they will want as much information as possible to see if they should try to diagnose some other ailment. The first thing they will want to know is the location of the pain. They will want a basic report of severity: how much does it hurt? They will ask about the depth of the pain: deep or surface? The quality: burning or aching? If the pain comes and goes, they will want to know when and how long, and whether or not there is some specific proximate cause.

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