How do I talk to my pain management doctor?
Here’s advice for the next time you need to talk to your doctor about your pain.
- Get descriptive: use metaphor and memoir. You can help doctors understand just how debilitating your pain is by being more descriptive.
- Describe your day.
- Talk about function, not feeling.
- Share your treatment history.
How can I get my doctor to give me pain seriously?
So here are some expertly curated tips and tricks to get your doctor to listen to you, take your pain seriously, and — gee-whiz-gosh-golly! — maybe even help.
— maybe even help.
- Say “I am in pain.” Be ignored or dismissed, because it can’t be that bad.
- Say “I am in severe pain.” This time your doctor will respond!
What questions should I ask my pain management doctor?
Your list of questions for your pain management doctor should include:
- Do you know what’s causing my pain?
- Is testing necessary to confirm your diagnosis?
- Do I need to see a pain specialist?
- Can my pain be cured or simply managed?
- Does my pain have triggers I should avoid?
What are the best prescription painkillers?
Top 10 Painkillers in the US
- Oxycodone with acetaminophen (generic Percocet): dispensed through prescriptions 32,962,000 times.
- Oxycodone HCL (generic OxyContin): 16,440,000 prescriptions.
- Acetaminophen with codeine: 11,225,000 prescriptions.
- Morphine sulfate: 9,658,000 prescriptions.
- Fentanyl: 6,468,000 prescriptions.
How do you talk to someone with chronic pain?
Ten Tips For Communicating With A Person Suffering From Chronic Pain
- Don’t Fake It.
- Understand that pain sufferers may be afraid to say how they are feeling.
- Look for non-verbal cues.
- Believe people when they say they are in pain.
- Asking ‘helpful’ questions can stimulate hope.
- Avoid “words that maim”.
What is a 5 on the pain scale?
5 – Moderately strong pain. It can’t be ignored for more than a few minutes, but with effort you still can manage to work or participate in some social activities. 6 – Moderately strong pain that interferes with normal daily activities. Difficulty concentrating.
What should you not tell your doctor?
Here is a list of things that patients should avoid saying:
- Anything that is not 100 percent truthful.
- Anything condescending, loud, hostile, or sarcastic.
- Anything related to your health care when we are off the clock.
- Complaining about other doctors.
- Anything that is a huge overreaction.
What do you do when your doctor won’t listen to you?
- Be honest and accurate. Some people go to the doctor and don’t tell the whole truth.
- Ask about the best way you can contact the doctor with other questions.
- Give feedback about the doctor’s care and your office experience.
What to do when doctors can’t diagnose you?
In those cases, your doctor may do one or more of the following:
- Revert to “novice” thinking.
- Ask a specialist for help.
- Cram your symptoms into a diagnosis he or she does recognize, even if the fit is imperfect.
- Dismiss the cause of your symptoms as coming from stress, anxiety, or some other emotional disturbance.