Living with Chronic Pain
What if My Doctor Doesn't Think I Need Surgery for My Chronic Pain?
Performing your daily tasks with a back pain is tough. If you’ve been experiencing back pain for long, then by this time, chances are you have tried chiropractic care, medications, physical therapy, and epidurals. If these non-surgical treatments had been unhelpful for reducing back pain, then it is time you talk to your doctor and ask for a referral to a specialist.
What should you tell your doctor?
When discussing your options with your primary doctor, it is imperative that you give a detailed and precise account of the pain you are feeling. It is advisable that you make a pain map and answer questions related to the pain.
Questions to ask your doctor
If you go to the clinic with a plethora of questions, then you will be able to benefit greatly from your visit and will be one step closer to relieving yourself from the pain. Here are a few questions that you can ask:
What if my doctor says that I don’t require surgery?
You are the only person that knows how you feel, so it is crucial that you explain yourself clearly. We’re typically expected to trust the opinion of the doctor, however, this doesn’t mean that it is going to be the right thing. Asking for a referral is your right, so feel free to challenge the opinion of the doctor. You can bring a family member or even a friend along if you think it might help you.