6 Mistakes Pain Patients Make
Getting the best care
It's not uncommon for chronic pain patients to report a difficult encounter with a doctor.
"One of the things that patients cry out the most for is having someone actually listen to them and understand them," says Micke Brown, director of advocacy at the American Pain Foundation.
Andrea Cooper, 52, a fibromyalgia patient and patient advocate in Phoenix, Md., agrees, but also notes that a patient's actions can sometimes make a doctor's job harder.
Here's how to avoid the top six pain patient no-no's.
Failing to keep track of long-term treatment
Not being candid
Not being an active participant
Burning their bridges
Seeing the wrong doctor
Even if pain patients do need to participate more actively in their care, Penney Cowan, executive director of the American Chronic Pain Association, says a big piece of the puzzle is still missing: physician education.
"Most physicians have received minimal training in pain management," Cowan says. "It's not part of the curriculum."
Cowan points unhappy patients to the American Board of Pain Medicine, where they can find a physician trained in pain management.