The effectiveness of pain treatments depends greatly on the strength of the clinician-patient relationship; pain treatment is never about the clinician’s intervention alone, but about the clinician and patient (and family) working together.
– U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The guidelines that doctors use to create pain management plans include the importance of good two-way communication between patients and doctors. Why? Because pain is personal – what you feel, how long it lasts and how it responds to treatment can’t be predicted, so pain management plans have to be customized.
To help your doctor learn as much as possible about you and your needs, answer the questions in the section “What My Doctor Should Know.” And to prepare you for discussions about pain management, select your topics from the “What I Want to Talk About” checklist. When you’re done, select “Create My Guide” to save or print a PDF to bring to your next appointment.