Should I take pain medication only when I have severe pain?
The answer to this is always no. If pain medication is the chosen plan for pain that you are experiencing, take the correct amount at times prescribed by your physician. Certain pain medications can become addictive if used incorrectly. Be sure to talk to your pain specialist and make sure you understand the required dosage to treat your pain properly.
Are pain medications addictive?
Pain medications, specifically opioids, can be highly addictive if used improperly and/or in excess. Often, addiction can depend on your history with it. If you have never abused drugs or had an addiction disorder, it is likely that you will not become addicted. It is very important to keep an open dialogue with your physician regarding addiction. If you feel that you could become addicted to pain medication, it is vital to contact your physician.
Should my healthcare provider know if I am experiencing pain?
It is very important to notify your healthcare provider if you are experiencing chronic pain. He or she will need to assess your pain to provide you with pain management therapy options to suit your needs.
How do I describe my pain to a physician?
When describing your pain to your physician, be as specific and detailed as possible. Be sure to tell your doctor exactly where you are experiencing pain, as well as the level of pain on a numbered scale (e.g. 1-10).
Can I find pain relief without the use of medication?
Pain management therapy, especially here at Nova Spine & Pain Centers, is far more than just prescribing medication. We will work with you to design a comprehensive plan to relieve your chronic pain. We incorporate the recommendation of non-invasive procedures, such as physical therapy, massage, nutrition and emotional treatment to be able to ensure that you can be as pain-free as possible without the constant use of just pain medications.
How often will I need to see my pain management specialist?
This all depends on your condition and/or the severity of pain you may be experiencing. We approach all of our patients on an individual level of care, and make sure that we can treat their pain as often as necessary. It can vary from just one visit, to more severe cases in which a patient may need to be seen two to four times per month.
What kind of training do pain management specialists have?
Pain management specialists are medical doctors with specific training in evaluating, diagnosing and treating all forms of pain. Dr. Harris Shaikh and his team at Nova Spine & Pain Centers are esteemed experts in pain management and want to ensure that all patients receive the absolute best and most comprehensive care possible.
What is the difference between chronic pain and acute pain?
Acute pain typically does not last for a long period of time, and is usually related to an injury or illness. The severity of acute pain should decrease throughout treatment at a fairly consistent level.
Chronic pain, however, is related to an ongoing condition. Most chronic pain is felt in the neck or back, and can be caused by a wide variety of factors. Nerve damage, musculoskeletal conditions and illness are often common causes of chronic pain.