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First visit to pain management doctor

I have my 1st visit coming up in a few weeks. I am a bit nervous about it as I have only had one bad experience several years ago. What sorts of things should I expect? Are there any questions that I should ask? I am just really looking for some advice on this one. Thanks.


  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 552
    My first visit to a pain management doctor involved a urine test & I was told to bring any meds that I take with me. I also brought my mri films & reports. He took his own X-rays of my neck that day. I also had to sign a contract with him saying I will take my meds as directed & I will not give my meds to anyone else.
    When I had to find a new pain doc, the new one did not do a urine test or have me sign a contract?
    I guess each doctor is different?
    Good luck with your visit.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,848
    I wish there was one standard that everyone could count on. Motor1 summed up things for you.

    What to bring[/u]

    - List of all your medications
    - Actually bring in all your medications
    - CDs of the results of any of your diagnostic tests
    - List of any treatment you have taken (ie Physical Therapy,etc - include dates)
    - List of any prior surgeries, Dates, where, results, etc
    - List of your current symptons

    . Pain levels
    . Where/when it hurts the most
    . What if anything seems to help
    . How it is impacting your daily life

    [u]What to expect[/u]

    - Clinical Examination
    - Urine sample
    - Review of all your data
    - Overall evaluation of your situation
    - Recommendations (ie Physical / Aqua therapy, medications , surgery, etc)
    - And with some practices, signing of a Patient Pain Contract

    [u]Questions for the doctor

    • What they believe what your condition you have
      How you might have started with this.
      What are the recommended actions plans?
      Will I need surgery?
      If I need surgery, when and what is it?
      If I dont have surgery, what are the implications
      What is the long term view?
    Here are some medical articles that you might want to go over:
    Preparing to meet a spine specialist
    40 Questions to ask your surgeon
    Pain management specialists
    While not directly called a pain management doctor, they do so much more:
    What is a Physiatrist ?

    Hope this helps...... Your visit should be beneficial.... Work with your doctor to make sure it is
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I was curious how to prepare, too.
  • Thank you guys. This gives me some sort of idea what to expect. Thanks!
  • I had the same question a few weeks ago. Of course, everyone's experiences are different, but I can tell you how mine went. The doctor introduced himself, asked what type of pain I was experiencing and where I was experiencing the pain. He conducted a strength test. He reviewed my MRI in front of me, showed me the abnormalities and explained to me what they meant. He diagnosed and explained my conditions and why they were causing pain, and what it means for my future. He asked me what has worked in the past for alleviating my pain, and offered additional suggestions. He prescribed me various medications, some that have worked for me in the past, and some new one's. I just had my first follow-up yesterday, he adjusted one of my medications and eliminated another. Good luck at your first appointment!!
  • tannim28ttannim28 Posts: 16
    edited 08/24/2015 - 6:06 PM
    The first appointment went really well. He wrote out the prescriptions for my meds for the next 3 months. I follow up again in November.
  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 552
    Glad it all went well for you!
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