10 doctors weighed in:
How do I have a pain management discussion with my doctor?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Come right out!
If you have a pain issue, just come right out with it.
A good history, with emphasis on exact nature of the pain, coupled with a good physical exam, can reveal a lot about the cause of the pain and how to treat it.

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In brief: Come right out!
If you have a pain issue, just come right out with it.
A good history, with emphasis on exact nature of the pain, coupled with a good physical exam, can reveal a lot about the cause of the pain and how to treat it. Call on a doctor for a more personalized answer ›
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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology , 25 years in practice
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Pain Management
4 doctors agree
In brief: Details
If you are having pain issues, make sure your doctor know all the symptoms you are feeling.
That way the real diagnosis can be figured out and the best treatment plan placed. They can institute some conservative interventions, and if they don't work, then you can ask to seek a specialist for further care options.

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In brief: Details
If you are having pain issues, make sure your doctor know all the symptoms you are feeling.
That way the real diagnosis can be figured out and the best treatment plan placed. They can institute some conservative interventions, and if they don't work, then you can ask to seek a specialist for further care options. Consult a doctor for a more personalized answer ›
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Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Pain Management , 27 years in practice
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Raise the topic
You may need to initiate it.
I frequently hear patients say that nobody asked about their pain. While that is not good, you need to take charge and ask the questions.

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In brief: Raise the topic
You may need to initiate it.
I frequently hear patients say that nobody asked about their pain. While that is not good, you need to take charge and ask the questions. A doctor will see you now ›
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management , 19 years in practice
Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Just ask
If you are taking pain meds, it's a pain management discussion.
Topics can be "how to use less, " "preparing for surgery, " "referral for pain procedures, " "inadequate control, " etc. If they write the script, they'll want to discuss any changes. If you have pain, they will work it up and treat it. Best to just be upfront and ask.

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In brief: Just ask
If you are taking pain meds, it's a pain management discussion.
Topics can be "how to use less, " "preparing for surgery, " "referral for pain procedures, " "inadequate control, " etc. If they write the script, they'll want to discuss any changes. If you have pain, they will work it up and treat it. Best to just be upfront and ask. Would you like to talk to a doctor now? ›
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology , 8 years in practice
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