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A 29-year-old female asked:

Can doctors feel their patients' pain?

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Dr. Nancy Mellow
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Not physically: A good physician can often "feel" their patients pain emotionally. It's called empathy. Providing the best medical advice and treatment for an individual often depends on being able to see things from the patient's point of view.
Dr. Julio Bordas
Family Medicine 37 years experience
I feel your pain.: A doctor can not physically feel their patient's pain. A doctor can demonstrate empathy. Empathy is the ability to understand another's experience, to communicate and confirm that understanding with the other person and to then act in a helpful manner. Showing empathy to patients can improve their satisfaction of care, and motivate them to stick to their treatment plans.

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with chronic pain?

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Dr. Robert Apgar
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Hard to say: Chronic pain is sometines difficult freat asdequately. Treatment must be multifaceted. Looking for cause and a treatment modality that allows patient to function in society in a productive manner. Many physicians ignore pain and refer to pain specialist who pushes pills. This promotes abuse and is not always best answer. Having a good patient relationship with trust and understanding best way.

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