For a productive and helpful visit with your doctor, write down all of your questions and concerns for the doctor or nurse before an appointment. Take notes during your visit and if possible, bring along a family member or friend for support. An additional tip is to keep a pain diary. Write about your level of pain at different times, how you’re feeling, and what activities you can and cannot do. Keep a record of medications you’re taking or any non-drug treatments, and bring the diary to your doctor visits.
(Source: American Pain Foundation)