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What to ask your healthcare professional

These questions can help you understand your back pain and get effective relief.

1. If your healthcare professional is recommending medicine, ask the following:

  • What type of medicine is it?

  • Could it interfere with any other medicines or supplements I’m taking?

  • Could it affect any conditions I have?

  • Could it cause any side effects?

  • How long should I take it?

  • What if it doesn’t give me relief?

2. Are there alternative treatments I can try instead of, or in addition to, medicine?

3. Are there things that will make my pain worse? What should I avoid?

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