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where do i even start getting treatment for chronic pain?

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Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
See your physician: Your physician can help evaluate you and decide the correct diagnosis and the best therapy. The treatment of chronic pain can include medications, physical therapy, exercise, sleep evaluation, psychiatric therapy to name a few. It is best if you avoid narcotics or other habit forming meds. This just makes it more difficult for the long term.
Answered on Mar 27, 2014
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Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
41 years experience Psychiatry
You begin with a thorough evaluation by your family physician to determine an accurate diagnosis. Where is the pain, what worsens it, what causes it, and so on. Then, a treatment plan is formulated, which may include any of the above treatments. If necessary, you may see a pain specialist.
Mar 27, 2014
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Many urban areas have pain clinics in which specially trained doctors can address the issues so cogently outlined by Dr. Higginbotham. Many doctors do not like to prescribe narcotics b/c of the renewal requirements and federal oversight, and the addiction issues.
Apr 3, 2012
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
35 years experience Pain Management
Pain Clinic: Find a reputable pain clinic run by an anesthesiologist or a psyiatrist. There job is to help people with chronic pain.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
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