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 specialist40 Questions to ask your surgeonPain management specialists
While not directly called a pain management doctor, they do so much more:What is a Physiatrist ?
Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health