Getting relief for your chronic pain depends on finding the right medical professionals and being honest and open about your pain.
Look for a doctor who can offer the full range of treatment options for your chronic pain. If your doctor is unwilling or unable to offer you further treatment options, ask for a referral for a pain management specialist. Or, find a pain management specialist in your area who is familiar with Medtronic neurostimulation and drug delivery therapies.
As you explore treatment options to relieve your chronic pain, your medical team could include some or all of the following healthcare professionals:
If you see a primary care doctor for annual visits and screenings, he or she is probably the first person you'd tell about your chronic pain. And when treatment with over the counter medications doesn't work, your primary care doctor can refer you to a pain management specialist to help determine how to best relieve your pain.
Your pain specialist's primary concern is your quality of life. Working with other members of your medical team, your pain specialist will coordinate your care, including diagnosing the causes of your chronic pain and determining treatment options. Find a specialist in your area.
A physical or occupational therapist may work with you to make daily activities less painful, such as walking, driving, doing dishes, and working. In addition, if surgery is part of your treatment plan, you will probably need help from a physical or occupational therapist to resume every day tasks.
Depending on the treatment options you consider, you may have a surgeon on your medical team. Aside from performing the surgery, from corrective surgery to implanting a Medtronic Pain Therapy, your surgeon will consult with you and your medical team on the risks and benefits of surgical options for your particular situation.
A clinical nurse specialist has advanced training in a specific medical area, such as chronic pain management. Depending on the other specialists on your medical team, you may have one or more clinical nurse specialists whose goal is to help you get the best results based on what they've learned from other patients.