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How is physical pain diagnosed?

Doctors evaluate physical pain using a combination of questions and a physical examination. They might need to know what the pain feels like (aching, burning, throbbing, etc.), how long the pain has been present, and how bad the pain hurts. A scale of 0 to10 is often used to describe how bad pain hurts, with 0 being no pain and 10 being severe pain. When doctors ask about your pain, they are often trying to diagnose a specific illness or injury. They may have to feel or move areas of your body around the pain to help them diagnose the problem.

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