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5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Pain Management Appointment (linked to Pain Awareness Month)

Back pain. Pain from rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. Pain resulting from a car accident or sports injury. About 100 million Americans suffer chronic pain. You’re looking for relief.

Dr. Daniel Loder, double-board certified pain management specialist, provides state-of-the-art pain management approaches to help relieve your pain and increase your mobility and quality of life. 

Have you ever walked out of an appointment and five minutes later you remember a question you forgot to ask? Following are five tips to help you get the most of your pain management appointment. 

Be prepared: Use a checklist of concerns

The Boy Scout motto applies here: Be prepared. It’s the key before going to any doctor’s appointment, including your pain management appointment. 

Use a notepad to write down a list of your concerns and how the pain is affecting you the day before the visit. Place it in the car or your wallet so you don’t walk out of the house without it. 

Be specific in how the pain affects your daily functioning

Here are some starter questions to ask yourself before the appointment so that you can take detailed notes on how the pain affects you and communicate the information to Dr. Loder. Make a copy of the information so that both you and he have your notes. 

How does the pain affect your ability to walk, bend over, sit down and stand up, turn your head, kneel, and lift and rotate your arms? Where does it hurt when you make these movements, and what kind of pain is it: a burning sensation? an ache? a throbbing? 

What daily activities and chores do you have trouble doing? How does the pain affect your eating, bathing, dressing, driving, working, or playing with children? 

How is the pain affecting your sleep? Can you think clearly? Is your energy level normal? 

Have there been changes in your mood and how you’re communicating with others? Are you feeling depressed? Anxious? 

When has the pain prevented you from doing something you want to do? 

Does anything help relieve the pain? 

Review and list your medications and supplements

Make a list of all of your medications and supplements, the dosage, and who prescribed them. Include any drug allergies. Give a copy to your physician. Ask Dr. Loder if there are new medications to try or if other changes should be made to your medications. 

Take notes during the visit 

Take your notepad to the appointment, and keep notes on what Dr. Loder is saying. If it’s permitted, considering COVID-19, ask if you can bring your partner or a friend to the appointment who can take notes for you.

Don’t hesitate to ask questions  

If you don’t understand something, ask Dr. Loder to explain the concept further. Repeat what you heard to ensure that you heard the information correctly. 

Ask if there is any new research that could shed light on your case or whether there’s a clinical trial you could qualify to enter. 

Call Daniel Loder, MD, or book an appointment through our online portal today for compassionate treatment for your chronic pain. 

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