Handbook for Mortals : Controlling Pain : Types of pain : Pattern of pain

Your doctor will ask about the pattern of the pain you feel.

Try to recognize the pattern of your pain. It will help the physician decide which types of pain medicine are right for you: long-acting, short-acting, or a combination of the two.

The pattern of your pain may be like one or more of these, or it may have its own pattern. It is important to describe all your pains for your doctor.

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