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What can I expect during an appointment with a pain specialist?

Your pain medicine physician is often an anesthesiologist. Here's what to expect from a pain medicine doctor:
  • The pain medicine doctor will work closely with your primary care doctor.
  • Pain medicine doctors will review your medical records and X-rays or other imaging studies as needed.
  • They will ask you to describe your pain in detail, such as where it hurts, for how long, what makes the pain worse or what makes it feel better. 
  • They may ask you to fill out a detailed questionnaire that helps them to assess the impact that your pain is having on your lifestyle and if it is interfering with your daily activities.
  • They also will do a complete physical examination.
  • They may need to order other tests and will then review all of their findings to determine what is causing your pain and how the problem can be corrected.

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