To ‘cure’ your pain you will need to actively seek a health care team dedicated to achieving your goals. Although our practice is only one example, you will want to seek providers that take a multidimensional approach. Ideally you will have a healthcare provider who can manage any approach medication options needed. Find a provider that doesn’t treat you like cattle. Find a provider that takes the time to know their patients and not someone who kicks you out the door after 10 minutes. Avoid the ‘pill mill’ clinics! If you suffer with underlying anxiety and depression, which is almost every patient, you will want to also work with a pain psychologist or psychiatrist to help with coping skills.
Some alternative add-ons that we recommend would involve joining a pain support group, either one specifically for your pain condition or one for chronic pain. Having a support group to vent at, share ideas, share victories or frustrations is a critical component. I like to call it the “Oprah effect” as Oprah has done wonders with addressing issues and bringing them into the viewer’s living room. So can these support groups be your “Oprah effect”.
As you become a more active participant, we then encourage our patients to actively seek an exercise instructor with experience in pain patients. Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, aquatic Therapy are all wonderful examples of improving strength and flexibility while decreasing pain.
The goal is finding the right members to fill out your pain fighting team!