Chronic Pain Treatment
Often times, getting treatment for chronic pain can be a long journey. There is no single treatment or approach to successfully treating chronic pain any more than there is a standard person with chronic pain. Rather, there are various different types of treatment options. Because chronic pain affects so many people there are many products and services claiming to help people with chronic pain. People with chronic pain spend a lot of money trying to resolve their condition with products or services. Many of these products or services have little or no value or have not been rigorously tested. But there are also credible products, services and self-management techniques that are effective in helping people better cope with chronic pain.
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The following are treatment options that are proven to be effective in helping people with chronic pain.
Before undertaking any of these treatments, you should talk with your doctor about what options might work well with your existing treatment.
Communicating with Your Doctor
Many people find it hard to talk frankly and openly with their doctors. But doctors aren’t mind readers and speaking up is an essential part of being a responsible patient.
Dr. Donald Cegala at the University of Ohio developed a program called PACE to help patients communicate with their physicians.
PACE stands for:
The information the patient gives to the doctor about their symptoms, lifestyle, values and family history provide the basis from which doctors must make their diagnosis and recommend treatment options. Before your appointment, prepare to present detailed information to your doctor. Some people find it helpful to write a list of their questions or track their symptoms in a journal..
Patients typically don't ask their doctors very many questions, even though virtually all patients claim they want as much information as possible. Patients can ask questions, not only to solicit information from their doctor but also to get their doctor to do something for them. For example, a patient may ask "What are the side effects of this medication?" or they may ask " Could you refer me to a specialist?"
It is important that patients verify the information their doctors give them. They can do this by asking for clarification (e.g. Did you mean I should take only half a tablet a day?), by requests for repetition of information (e.g. Please tell me the name of that test again), or by summarizing what the doctor has said.
Sometimes patients may have concerns or fears about a particular treatment. It is important that patients be honest with their doctor about any concerns they have. With any condition there are usually many different treatment options. By expressing your concerns you can works with your doctor to find the treatment that best meets your needs.
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