Sorry if there is a better forum for this, but this seemed the best.
I am going to a new surgeon this Friday to see if we can figure out anything that can surgically be done about my pain. I am TERRIBLE at conveying my problems verbally in a appt. I get anxious and embarassed and tend to minimized everything. So, I am trying to go in a bit more prepared than normal. Here is what I have so far:
All MRI/X-ray films.
Brief written history relating to the pain
Medication list w/notes
I think that is a good start, but it doesn't capture a lot of what I want to have considered. I have 2 things I want to address, but I don't know how to best prepare.
First, I want to give an accurate picture of how this pain is dominating my life. I want to give some indication of how many things I have had to stop or reduce or that I still do but don't enjoy like I used to (like sex). But I can't think of a way to do this in a manner that is short enough for an appt., but detailed enough to have an impact. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Second, I have issues answering a lot of their questions accurately because they want firm answers, but my experience can vary from moment to moment. Questions like "What's your pain level from one to ten?" stump me. I want to answer "From 4 to 8." But they don't like that. "What is your primary complaint?" I want to answer "The pain, duh!" Like my pain level, my primary complaint changes. Somedays I can sit longer than I can stand. Some days I can stand longer than I can sit. Some days I can't do either and have to lay down. On so many things, they want a clear, fixed answer and I don't have one. Does anyone have any advice how to deal with this issue?
Thanks in advance.