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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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