Chronic Pain (cont.)
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When To Call a Doctor
Call a doctor about chronic pain if:
Watchful waiting is a period of time during which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition without using medical treatment. If you are able to control occasional, mild to moderate pain with exercise, healthy eating, massage, and pain relievers—such as acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), for example, ibuprofen or aspirin—you may not need further treatment from a doctor. But watchful waiting is not appropriate if your pain is severe or if persistent pain interferes with your life. If you delay treatment, the pain may get worse.
Who to see
If you have mild to moderate pain that keeps coming back and that cannot be managed at home, you may need to see one of the following health professionals:
If your chronic pain is moderate to severe and is constant, or if treatment does not control the pain, you may need to see a specialist, such as one or more of the following:
Often more than one specialist will treat your chronic pain. For example, a primary physician may manage your medicines, and a physical therapist may help you restore function through exercise or other treatments. A professional counselor may help you with coping and depression. Someone else may help you with acupuncture or yoga.
If chronic pain persists and interferes with your daily life despite treatment, you may want to seek an evaluation at a pain management clinic. A pain management clinic is a setting where you receive treatment and learn to cope with chronic pain. Treatment is usually provided by a team of doctors who work together to address all the possible causes of your chronic pain.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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