Hello. This is Dr. Kent from MyChronicPain.com welcoming you to this video blog.
It’s called what to expect from your first pain clinic visit. We call it Paperwork, Paperwork because of all the records, forms and information gathering that goes on during the first visit. This blog will help prepare you for your first chronic pain clinic visit. Remember the pain clinic’s task is to help improve your chronic pain, your suffering, and improve your function. It will require lots of information, lots of good communication, and work. Don’t be overwhelmed. Success will bring relief. Let’s begin. Your initial assessment, it will help to bring all those records from your past doctors, will include your records, medical history and your pain history. Your pain history, where and when did the pain start, the progression, prior testing, prior therapy, your function, how you are coping. Did you see all those forms pass by? Yes, that’s the kind of forms you’ll be filling out. Lots of information. Don’t be overwhelmed. All this information will help your healthcare provider and the pain treatment team help you find the right path to pain relief, find the right program for your pain management. There will be questions about alcohol and illicit drug use and medication abuse. This is done to ensure you won’t get in trouble with more powerful medicines and narcotics. Don’t let it offend you. Don’t let it scare you. It is done to protect you and it is also required by the medical boards and the federal and state agencies. You will probably have to sign a pain contract to get put on a narcotic. Again, this is to give you rules on how to use the medicines and protect you and your doctor. Tests may be performed, blood, urine, x-rays, imaging, and if you’re a chronic pain patient, you’ve probably been through some of these before. But it’s all an effort to get the best diagnosis and get you to the right referrals and the right therapies. There may be some further evaluations that may occur. But once your initial assessment is done, and you have a diagnosis, the team will develop a program for your pain and you’ll receive a plan. Yes, instructions. You will get instructions on your plan. It’s best to have a notebook and calendar around for your visits to the pain clinic, digital or otherwise. It’s also good to start a pain diary to keep on top of your pain levels and medications, and how your medications are working, other therapies, especially helpful as they are changed, what hurts, what helps, what triggers your pain. If you need to know more about medicines, pain contracts, pain diaries, come to our site, MyChronicPain.com to review some of our other blogs on these subjects. Remember, pain and suffering can be relieved. Don’t let the process scare you. It takes some effort and some time, but it will reward you will reduced pain and suffering and improved function.