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Pain Psychologist appt.

nmacnnmac Posts: 112
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
I got a call yesterday from my PM office. Seems that I have been referred for a Pain Psychologist appt. I didn't need one before my previous SCS trial. My guess is my insurance is requiring it before I can try another SCS. Any way, have any of you been to a pain Psychologist? What happens there?
Severe DDD. Klippel Feil Deformity. Cervical Foraminatomy that turned into Lamy. I have tried so many treatments, therapy's and medications.


  • I had to have a psychological evaluation before my insurance would approve the trial, but have never seen a pain psychologist. Think it is serving the same purpose? They just wanted to insure that I was in the right frame of mind, not abusing medication, was ready for the disappointment if the trial didn't work (being realistic about success),perhaps even determining if my pain is real and how it has affected my life, etc. I was all worked up about it, fearing giving a wrong answer. It was nothing like I thought it would be. The doctor was extremely nice and put me very much at ease.
  • My pain doctor had me doing therapy through their office, and I had to have an evaluation done by the therapist before they would do my trial. It really wasn't a big deal at all. She wanted to know what I would consider successful results, why I wanted to do it, how I'd feel about having a foreign body implanted in me, etc. Made sure that I don't have any history of paranoia, because in her words, "If you tend to think aliens implant things in you, and we implant something in you... that would not be good!"

    She also had a stimulator and leads that she showed me that I was able to hold and look at, which was nice since I hadn't seen one before. It was definitely nice to see that the stimulator wasn't a big old thing, lol.

    It was really just a basic, easygoing conversation. Try not to worry too much! :-)
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