When asking about the history of pain – easy way to remember what to ask regarding pain
Site – Where is the pain?
Onset – When did the pain start, and was it sudden or gradual?
Character – What is the pain like? Sharp/stabbing/shooting/dull ache
Radiation – Does the pain radiate anywhere?
Associations – Any other signs or symptoms associated with the pain?
Time course – How has the pain been since onset – increase/decrease/same ?
Exacerbating/Relieving factors – Does anything change the pain? Anything that increases or relieves the pain ?
Severity – How bad is the pain?
Remember these and you will never forget what to ask regarding pain