Talking About Chronic Pain
Bob Kerns, PhD, Co-Director for the Pain Management Collaboratory, encourages people with chronic pain to discuss their symptoms with their providers. He offers tips on what to think about and how to prepare for the conversation(s). Ultimately, the hope is that a discussion leads to a plan for pain management and a reduction in the levels of pain experienced by the individual.
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It is important to honestly and openly share your experiences with chronic pain with your provider(s). You’ll want to be prepared for a series of questions that providers are likely to ask. Think about the following items, and perhaps take notes about your pain experience for a few weeks prior to the appointment.