If you ever wondered why the doctor presses you to give more specific information, it's because we don't want our dictations to sound like this:
Mr. Smith is an old man with pain everywhere for an amount of time he won't tell me. He rates his pain as "okay" out of 10, can't describe it, and says it is associated with a funny feeling in his legs. He takes a medication for the pain that starts with the letter R. He is not sure of the dose. He went to an emergency room somewhere for the pain a while ago and they took X-rays and gave him a shot of some kind, which didn't help. He had an MRI ordered by some doctor. He doesn't have the MRI or report, but he thinks it showed a disc.