Funny. I was just going to ask this question. I think there is a difference between a pain clinic and a pain specialist but some of that may depend on the institution & people involved too. I went to a pain clinic where they had a program that combined a doc's exam followed by 2 months of weekly group counseling which was very helpful since it wasn't just fibro people but a mix of all sorts of conditions, massage or some other kind of body therapy - again weekly, and exercise evaluation with advice. If I knew what I know now, I could have taken better advantage of it. Unfortunately, most of the PT people really did not understand fibro at all. It was still worth it, tho, as I learned a lot there.
As for pain specialists, both my h and I have had bad luck with them. One guy who was supposed to be a hotshot was an abusive jerk who wanted to put me on methadone (his drug of choice - Yeah! I've got truck drivers out there on the stuff!) and did not believe in nerve entrapment nor myofascial stuff. I have tons of trigger points and this man wanted to plunge me into his pt dept. You cannot strengthen a muscle with a trigger point in it - all he would have done is have me bedridden and really loaded on the methadone. You have to believe in yourself even though it's hard to think straight. If you think it's not going to be a good thing for you, then go somewhere else. My h had different pain specialist that wanted him to sign a contract and all kinds of weird stuff telling him he'd have him off his pain meds in no time. My h's back is inoperable. He's never going to be off pain meds.
I'm sure there are really good pain specialists out there but we haven't had very good luck so far.
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