Nervous - Psych eval today

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alsoinpain
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   Posted 6/19/2012 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone is doing OK today. I'm really nervous. I've been in pain management for only a few months now and I'm having a psych eval today and I'm just really nervous. I'm nervous when it comes to authority figures for the most part, and Dr's really make me nervous. What can i expect, if anyone has been through this?

Thanks for taking the time to read this. 8-)
D

cogito
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   Posted 6/19/2012 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi alsoinpain,

I had a psyc evaluation about five years ago, when I decided to see a pain therapist. It was a routine part of his practice that he puts new patients through. The test lasted about an hour if I recall and answers were (if I recall) multiple choice or yes/no. It was all very straightforward and not very penetrating.

You might want to google it to get a better sense of the questions that are asked.
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs), RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident. Also, pectus excavatum, supraventricular tacycardia and mitral valve prolapse syndrome.
Current meds:20mg Oxycontin daily, Oxycodone 5-10mg for BT. .25-.5mg xanax as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia).

Kaely
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   Posted 6/19/2012 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
So how did the evaluation go? I'm pretty sure they don't allow those docs to bite :)
Chronic pain, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Tennis Elbow (both arms), Arthritis (knees and fingers), Diabetes. Ruptured disk L-4, Severe degenerative damage L5-S1, ACDF C6-C7

alsoinpain
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   Posted 6/20/2012 6:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning everyone,

I was nervous for nothing. LOL, first it wasn't a Dr. (Psychiatrist) it was with a Psychologist and she was super friendly, which put me at ease right away. I only had to take a very short questionnaire and we talked for about a half hour. She told me that the pain management practice i go to requires it for all new patients, and it was pretty much they just wanted to make sure i didn't have any risk factors for addiction, and that I was able to cope with the pain with other methods in addition to pain meds, and that i wasn't depressed and was still functional; which i am, i work 40-50 hours a week, and that i still get out of the house for hobbies and such. 8-) So basically, it went real well. 8-)

Thanks for asking and taking the time to read this. Hope everyone has as good a day as possible!
My DX: There is fairly advanced, moderate to severe degenerative disk disease at L3-L4 and L4-L5 with endplate sclerosis and osteophyte formation and moderate facet osteoarthropathy. There is a transitional left lumbosacral segment with articulation of the transitional segment and the sacrum, also referred to as Bertolotti syndrome. There are degenerative changes at C5-C6 with disk space narrowi

Kaely
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   Posted 6/20/2012 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning,

I'm so glad it went well for you :)
Chronic pain, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Tennis Elbow (both arms), Arthritis (knees and fingers), Diabetes. Ruptured disk L-4, Severe degenerative damage L5-S1, ACDF C6-C7

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 6/20/2012 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
So happy to hear how it went!!

I think this is going to be more standard practice now for many of the Pain Management Drs. and clinics.

I think paying attention to the emotional side to dealing with chronic pain, having realistic expectations, and yes, making sure that there is a plan in place to use every available modality, besides pain medication, to help with your (collective your) pain.

Thanks for sharing with us:)
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