It is good to think of the words you might use to describe your pain before your appointment. Descriptive words to consider might be:
- burning / freezing
When you do talk to your doctor, take the time to explain your pain and talk through your diary! They may seem busy, however, they are genuinely concerned and want to help you find the best treatment as quickly as possible, they can only know what you tell them. Then once the doctor is armed with all the information, you will be able to come up with a treatment plan together, that targets the site of your pain, whether that is using pain-relieving medication such as Voltarol, or taking steps to relieve it through methods such as exercise or physiotherapy.
Remember, finding the best way to describe the pain, helps put you back in control of it especially if it's all encompassing. Once you are in control and have a management plan, you can start to think beyond the pain, to the joy that restored movement can bring.