Now I know some of you may be saying to yourselves..."This sounds a little too 'holistic' and idealistic for me." While I agree with you on a certain level, there really is a bio-psycho-social aspect to PAIN. For me to understand this (because every patient is different) I always try to be as empathetic as possible. This means I am attempting to understand your situation.
Patients that seek care from me are spread across the spectrum of activity levels...there are patients in their 30s that exercise intensely 5-6 days per week, then there are patients in their 70s-80s that find it difficult to simply walk from the store to the car. I hear many different complaints from patients, as far as how their pain impacts their lives, and it is crucial that I have empathy.
Next time your doctor spends time asking questions that seem to be unrelated, put yourself in the doctors shoes who's trying to put themselves in your shoes... (terribly confusing, I know)
Ask yourself, "Is this really for me? Will this be helpful if I tell my doctor about this?" YES! It is important to share details that you may think are insignificant or unrelated, they can often unlock important factors related to your health, bio-psycho-social factors included.
Enjoy the day and be blessed!