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What to ask your doctor or nurse practitioner

These questions can help you understand your back pain and get safe, 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?

  • What are the potential 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?

It may depend on your age and health conditions

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