What is the focus of clinical history for the evaluation of nonarticular rheumatism/regional pain syndromes?

Updated: Apr 04, 2018
  • Author: T P Sudha Rao, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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For the history, the following is recommended:

  • Determine the location and pattern of pain and specific movements that exacerbate the pain
  • Inquire about work tasks, hobbies, sports, previous injuries, sleeping position, and a history of clenching the jaw or hands
  • Inquire about social and psychological stress at work, home, and in other relationships
  • Inquire about the use of tobacco, alcohol, and recreational drugs

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