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Can psychiatrists also treat chronic pain?

Can psychiatrists also treat chronic pain?

Yes: Pain affects all aspects of one's life. In chronic situations, pain may have devastating effect on a patient's emotional well-being. A psychiatrist or a psychologist can help patient deal much more effectively with depression, anxiety, etc. They can also help with improving patient's coping skills. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Chronic Pain (Definition)

classic definition is pain older than 6 months. More recent definitions: Pain beyond the normal healing period, pain associated with psychological impact. Any pain that started as acute after and injury to surgery, but continues beyond the healing ...Read more


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Can it be that a psychiatrist figure out what causes chronic pain?

Can it be that a psychiatrist figure out what causes chronic pain?

Pain: The causation of physical pain depends on how long what part of body etc need to talk to pcp. ...Read more

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Why might my psychiatrist refuse to prescribe me medications for my chronic pain?

Why might my psychiatrist refuse to prescribe me medications for my chronic pain?

Psychiatry: While it is true that your psychiatrist may not be comfortable or familiar with all the pain medications and he may want you to see a pain specialist for this - it is also true that he may also feels that based on examination pain medications are not justified or based on the psychiatric diagnosis your request for pain medications may be related to this diagnosis - talk to him! ...Read more

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A lot of mysterious musculoskeletal pains. Suspects to be chronic pain syndrome. Should I see neurologist, psychiatrist, pain management, rheumatolog?

A lot of mysterious musculoskeletal pains.  Suspects to be chronic pain syndrome. Should I see neurologist, psychiatrist, pain management, rheumatolog?

Holistic/Integrative: I advise you see a holistic/integrative MD to determine the underlying causes. I would suspect chronic Lyme disease, which is common in NY but often not properly diagnosed. Even if not Lyme a holistic MD will do a thorough evaluation and refer you to appropriate specialists. See http://www.lymedisease.org/lyme101/lyme_disease/lyme_disease.html and http://www.abihm.org/search-doctors ...Read more

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Is morphine useful in the treatment of chronic pain ? I have chronic pain in my legs of unknown source. Psychiatrist believes it's depression related.

Is morphine useful in the treatment of chronic pain ? I have chronic pain in my legs of unknown source. Psychiatrist believes it's depression related.

Yes and no: Morphine is an addictive medicine that is usually used when everything else has not worked. Depression can exacerbate pain and also be underlying cause in some patients. I recommend you work in conjunction with your psychiatrist as well as a pain specialist to come up with a treatment plan that works for you that is lowest risk of addiction. ...Read more

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How to treat chronic pain from my cyatic nerve?

Physical Therapy, : Exercise to strengthen abdominal and back muscles, non steroidal anti inflammatory meds if no contraindication. May use acetaminophen, heat or cold application. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat chronic pain in the neck, and back?

Pain/Neck/Back: It depends on the cause of the pain, you need exam, xrays/mri if indicated it can be treated with combination of physical therapy, muscle relaxants, non steroidal anti inflammatory pain killers. ...Read more

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Why are so many chronic pain patients misdiagnosed or under treated?

Tough to treat pain: Chronic pain is difficult to treat because what works for one patient doesn't always work for another. Also, certain pain medications can result in dependence or tolerance and worsen symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no "cure" for chronic pain making it very difficult to treat. There may be other factors that contribute to pain including other health problems. ...Read more

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Dr treatin a pt 4 LONG T chronic pain the only way it can b treated is long term opiates,that had em on 10yrs,can dr quit prescrib,no wrong doin by pt?

Dr treatin a pt 4 LONG T chronic pain the only way it can b treated is long term opiates,that had em on 10yrs,can dr quit prescrib,no wrong doin by pt?

Usually: If true no wrong doing has been done, a physician must organize a referral to a pain specialist who will take over prescribing responsibilities or offer a taper off of opiates, prior to completely stopping opioid prescribing. No one can force a physician to continue to prescribe opioids for any prolonged period. ...Read more

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How can a doctor treat chronic pain?

Chronic pain: Pain management specialist evaluates you & recommend treatment based on the type of pain, duration, severity, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Praveen Mambalam
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Persistent Pain (Definition)

Persistent pain is a symptom in which a person's pain doesn't come and go, but instead is present all the time. The pain can be mild, moderate, or severe, but its constant presence usually means there is ...Read more