Pain is a common complaint and everyone experiences pain at sometime or other, but in most cases, you don’t have to visit a doctor. Taking a simple pain reliever such as an acetaminophen or ibuprofen relieves pain.
Call a doctor for chronic pain if:
During watchful waiting you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition without using medical treatment. If you have mild to moderate pain, which is occasional and simple measures such as exercise, healthy eating, massage and pain relievers (such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin) relieve the pain, you may not need further treatment from a doctor. Watchful waiting should be avoided if your pain is severe or if persistent pain interferes with your life. Delay in diagnosis and treatment can worsen the pain.
Who to consult
Mild to moderate pain, which is recurrent (keeps coming back) and does not improve with self treatment and care at home should be evaluated by a doctor.
Some health professionals, who can be consulted for pain include: