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Q. What should I expect on the first visit to my doctor?
A. Your doctor will begin by getting your complete health history, followed by a physical examination. The history and physical examination are needed before your condition can be accurately diagnosed or treated. By getting this information, your doctor can begin to determine the source of your problem.
To help get your physical history, your doctor may ask you some questions about your pain and symptoms. The information you give can help your doctor determine your diagnosis. Examples of the questions that you may be asked include:
During your first visit to the doctor, he or she may also order some tests to help with your diagnosis. These tests may include an x-ray, CT scan, MRI, EMG, or blood test.