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How can I describe my pain to the doctor?

Pain is painful. Because there is no test that can determine how much pain you have, it’s important to communicate openly with your doctor about the level of pain with different activities and the type of pain you feel such as dull, aching, pinching, or throbbing. For instance, does your pain worsen when you walk? Do you feel more or less pain with normal activities of daily living, such as dressing, cooking, and household chores? Does the pain affect your sleep? Does the pain hinder you at work or at social engagements? Let your doctor know when you have no pain or little pain and when your pain is the worst pain imaginable. Talking openly about your pain will enable your doctor to adjust any medications you are taking, as well as see if your prosthesis needs adjusting.

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