If your wrist, neck, knee, or shoulder hurts and you don’t know why, chances are you’ve turned to Google to learn more about your symptoms. It’s true that knowledge is power, but having the right knowledge is even more powerful. PainSpot will ask you a series of questions — based on how the nation’s leading doctors actually diagnose pain — and suggest possible conditions that you can bring to your health care provider for a more informed discussion and evaluation.START YOUR ASSESSMENT
Doug Roberts, MD
Clinical rheumatologist and creator of PainSpot
I didn't like that feeling of helplessness when there's something going on with your body and you don’t know what it is. I created PainSpot to empower people and give them a reliable, easy way to understand what they might have so they can have a more informed conversation with their doctor.
I was worried for months that my hand pain might be rheumatoid arthritis, but PainSpot convinced me to finally see a doctor about my symptoms. I’m so grateful I went in when I did.
I diagnosed myself as having plantar fasciitis because of my foot pain. But after taking a PainSpot quiz, I realized I needed to ask my doctor about psoriatic arthritis, which I had barely heard of at the time.
I was blaming my neck pain on too much golf and poor sleep. Now I realize it might be a disc issue related to arthritis. So far, the physical therapy seems to be helping a lot.
I was told that my pain was due to fibromyalgia, but that just didn’t seem right. After using PainSpot for my knee and lower back, I’m pushing for a rheumatologist appointment to figure out what’s really happening.
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PainSpot was created by Douglas Roberts, MD, an independent clinical rheumatologist with 30+ years of experience diagnosing and treating patients with arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases. Dr. Roberts saw firsthand how his patients struggled to understand the causes of their pain while experiencing frustrating delays getting to the right doctor, the right diagnosis, and the right treatment plan. Dr. Roberts developed the first version of PainSpot — an online risk assessment tool that is easy to use and accessible to everyone — based on the clinical decision-making tools that doctors use to diagnose patients.
The aim of PainSpot is simple: to educate and empower you to better understand your health so you can get diagnosed and treated faster.
PainSpot is offered to you for free, as it is now part of the Global Healthy Living Foundation, a patient-centered non-profit organization with the mission to improve the quality of life for people with chronic illness. GHLF is also the parent organization of CreakyJoints, the digital arthritis community for millions of arthritis patients and caregivers worldwide who seek education, support, advocacy, and patient-centered research via ArthritisPower®, the first-ever patient-centered research registry for joint, bone, and inflammatory skin conditions.
PainSpot can help you figure out what is causing your pain but should never replace the guidance of your health care professional. Once you receive a diagnosis from a qualified health care provider, GHLF, CreakyJoints, and ArthritisPower are here to help you manage and live your best life, despite your diagnosis. We will never ask you for money or a donation.
This updated version of PainSpot was made possible by grant support from the biopharmaceutical companies Eli Lilly & Co. and UCB.