Pain clinic - first appointment.

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Pain clinic - first appointment.

Postby Hazelcat » Sat Jan 30, 2016 5:49 pm

Hi,

I have my first appointment at the pain clinic soon. I am just wondering if anybody could share their experiences of their first appointment at the pain clinic and experiences of the pain clinic in general. Do they take bloods or do any tests etc or is that left for your doctor to do? I just want to know what to expect. Thank you.
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Re: Pain clinic - first appointment.

Postby Queenie_70 » Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:31 pm

Hi Hazelcat,

I was just seen by a specialist who asked me what I expected from him...it really took me aback as I thought that he would ask about my pain. He listened to the list of medications I am on, what care I am currently under and dismissed me from the clinic. No bloods, just talk, and I didn't get a place on the programme. He felt that the time it took me away from home would be more detrimental than necessary.

I hope that you get the help that you need, but if you are under the care of the CFS/ME services, there is a good chance you will not get a place on the pain management course.

Just one experience, others may have better.

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Re: Pain clinic - first appointment.

Postby FluppyPuffy » Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:40 pm

Pain Clinic facilities tend to vary from area~to~area, with some areas offering access to additional services, courses etc whereas others may offer fewer options.

My experiences of the pain clinic were pretty positive. My first appt was an assessment so it involved going thru my medical history, incl meds, both current and previous ones I had been on, details of treatments/therapies I had had/tried, and a bit about how my pain issues impacted on my day~to~day living, help I was finding I needed, not just physically, but also emotionally/psychologically. Based on how I was being affected as a whole, not just based on the conditions I had, I was accepted into the management programme.

I was under the scheme for around 6 months, and during that time my meds were thoroughly reviewed, and all options discussed. Altho the clinic couldn't prescribe different ones, they could talk to a patient's GP about what was discussed and what might be suitable options for them to try if needed. They didn't send people for tests either, again it was a case of talking to the patient's GP about what they thought might be helpful, and the GP would then make the referral if it was needed. I had access to a physio specialising in pain issues, I also had a number of acupuncture sessions thru the clinic, and attended a Pain Management Course which took place one afternoon per week over a number of weeks.
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