How does one approach the doctor for pain meds?

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Potsie
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   Posted 3/10/2010 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm going in a little while, and I have to make her understand how much pain I'm experiencing. I'm going to get tests run on my back, but can't until the pre-existing thing runs out.

Jim1969
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   Posted 3/10/2010 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Explain the problem and ask for help. Don't ask for specific meds. That is viewed as a sign of a drug seeker by the medical community. If you have tried certain meds in the past that did not work or that you had issues with by all means let the doctor know this, as well as any and all meds you are on, both script and OTC.
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skeye
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   Posted 3/10/2010 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Potsie,

Have you been keeping a pain journal? They can be very helpful to show your doctor & outline when your pain is worst, etc. You can find a link to a great one in the CP101 thread. It might be worth bringing in several days of journal sheets to show your doctor. You just need to be honest with you doctor about how much your pain is effecting your life. Good luck with everything.

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Skeye

Stella Marie
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   Posted 3/11/2010 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Potsie...

I think are previous posters gave great advice. Be honest. I always take in a type about question and concern list.  Under one of the items just list uncontrolled pain. Identify when this is a problem and exactly what it prevents you from doing. The use of a pain journal shows that you are serious about tracking your pain levels and events. Don't feel uncomfortable addressing any medical problems.  Be direct and explain where the pain is, what type of pain (aching, stabbing, burning, and etc.) and the intensity using a pain scale (Level 1 - 10). The more information regarding the history of both your pain and what treatments you have received is all helpful.

Please let us know what happens.


Stella Marie   Chronic Pain Forum Moderator

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Post Edited (Stella Marie) : 3/11/2010 10:51:19 AM (GMT-7)


Retired Mom
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   Posted 3/11/2010 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Potsie,

How did it go? Were you able to find help?
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Potsie
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   Posted 3/11/2010 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I posted in my other thread. about CES. Thanks for all the advice!!
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