How To Talk To Your Doctor About Chronic Pain

By Kate Rope
CNN.com/health
August 13, 2008

Good chronic pain treatment can be hard to find. A chronic pain patient has every right to believe that his or her doctor will listen sympathetically and prescribe the appropriate treatment, but that is not always the reality.
People who experience chronic pain should be specific when describing it to their doctors, experts say.

People who experience chronic pain should be specific when describing it to their doctors, experts say.

Truth is, many doctors have not been trained to deal with the complex, changing area of chronic pain treatment. One 2001 survey of primary care physicians’ attitudes toward prescribing certain medications found that only 15 percent said they enjoyed working with patients who have chronic pain.

This can lead to frustrating encounters at the primary-care level, especially if your doctor is rushed. More…

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