When you’re suffering from chronic or persistent pain, searching for relief can feel overwhelming. Choosing the right specialists can take time, but once you’ve made your first consultation it’s important to be prepared to ensure a smooth start to your recovery. Your health care providers want to help you get your life back, and in order to do that, they need to know as much about the pain you're suffering from as they can.Here's a list of tips you can focus on to prepare for your pain consultation.
Everyone's medical history is different, and that's why it's so important you know yours to share with your pain specialist. Even if you feel the information is not connected to your current pain, it’s important your doctor has a full and complete picture of your physical and mental health so that they can properly diagnose your pain and not repeat previous methods of pain management that may have failed you in the past.Your medical history can include:
The symptoms of your pain are going to help your doctor manage, diagnose, and treat it. Your doctor has the best chance of success if they have all the information you can give them, and we all know how easy it is to forget that one crucial thing. Keeping a diary of your symptoms will help you better understand and relate them to your doctor without forgetting any important information. Your writing should be as clear and concise as you can make it and should include important points, such as:
The more details you can provide to your pain physician, the better the chances they will be able to help you.
When your doctor asks if you have any questions, be prepared with a list. You know you have questions, don't let them slip from your mind. Keep a running list of questions in your pain diary to help you remember. Some important questions to consider include:
Along with your pain journal, you may wish to bring pictures and videos that show the progression of your symptoms. Some symptoms may come and go, and if you want your doctor to see them clearly, documentation can be useful for showing things such as:
Whether you need an interpreter or a friend to accompany you, make arrangements in advance for someone to attend your pain consultation if you feel it necessary.If you will need an interpreter, talk to your specialist when you make your appointment and see what services they offer or if you will need to bring someone with you. You don't want important information to get lost in translation when it could make all the difference to your recovery.Likewise, if you need moral support or just need help getting around, check with friends and family in advance so you have the support you need during your consultation. Always plan in advance.
Here at Dallas Spine we are ready to support and help you in whatever way we can. We know that while your suffering may be invisible to the naked eye, it is very real for you, and you need help. We are an affordable pain management clinic with a combined 86 years of practice between our physicians. So contact us today to arrange for a pain consultation and don't let pain hold you back any longer.