If you are suffering from chronic or acute pain, you need to find a health professional not only to treat your condition but also to help you manage your pain and discomfort. Here are some ways that you can go about finding a good pain med doctor.
Go Through Your PCP: Your PCP, or primary care provider, should be able to refer you to a good pain med doctor. Your primary doctor is well aware of your condition and will be able to provide all of your medical information to a pain med doctor during the referral. This will allow the pain med doctor to work in concert with your primary provider to treat your pain as well as your disease.
Ask A Friend: In addition to going through your PCP, you can also check for referrals online or through your friends and family. Many people will recommend a doctor who has been good to them and who was able to help them- this is also true for pain med doctors. If you don’t have a friend or relative who can recommend a doctor, there may be support groups for your specific condition where you can find a recommendation.
Seek and You Shall Find: The healthcare system can be daunting so one very important part of seeking a pain med doctor is not giving up. Check your phone book or look into the offices you’ve seen in your area. Alternatively, the internet allows you to search for a pain med doctor without leaving your home. You can look up the names and contact information of pain med doctors in your area, and then call them one by one. Sure, it sounds like a lot of trouble to go through just to find a pain med doctor, but if that doctor can help you find long term solutions to your pain, it is definitely worth the effort.
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