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 are the possible options for treatments?
  • Are there are alternative therapies I can try?
  • Is there a way I can track my pain?
  • Can you prescribe some medicines? If yes, then can you describe what they are and what side effects the medicine have, if any?
  • Can my insurance cover my treatments?
  • Do I need to visit you often?
  • Is there any surgery possible in the future? If yes, then what kind of surgery?
  • Are there any pain management options that I haven’t tried yet?
  • Are there lifestyle changes that I need to make?
  • 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.

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