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Your First Pain Management Appointment

SHModeratorSHModerator Posts: 43
edited 11/05/2015 - 2:22 AM in Pain Management
I wish there was one standard that every practice uses, but unfortunately this is not the case. But to be prepared, here are the things you should consider:

What to bring[/u]

- List of all your medications
- Physically bring in all your medications
- List of your current symptoms
- 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

. 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]

- An office clinical examination. The doctor would like to physically see your condition
- A urine sample
- Review of all your data
- Overall evaluation of your situation
- Recommendations, which could include some or all:

. Physical / Aqua therapy
. Conservative treatments ( spinal injections, acupuncture, tens, massage, etc)
. Prescribe medications
. Surgical solutions

- 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 available hereon Spine-Health 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 ?

Ron DiLauro,  Spine-Health
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