Should I Contact A Pain Doctor?

Is this pain normal? Should I seek help? How do I know if my pain is getting out of hand? These might be the some of the questions you find yourself asking when you’re dealing with chronic pain. So when do you finally say enough is enough? Most of the time, if you find yourself asking these types of questions, you should seek out a pain doctor. Yet, even with those types of questions, self diagnosing is tough. Call a pain doctor about chronic pain if:

  • Your pain has lasted more than 3 months without a clear reason.
  • You are feeling down or blue or are not enjoying the activities or hobbies that you have enjoyed in the past. You may have depression, which is common with chronic pain.
  • You can’t sleep because of the pain.
  • You had an illness or injury that healed, but you still have pain.

Watchful waiting

Watchful waiting is a period of time during which you and your doctor watch your symptoms without using medical treatment.

During this period of watchful waiting, your pain doctor may have you try to get more sleep, work on reducing stress, and get more exercise. If you are able to control pain with exercise, massage, and pain relievers, you may not need further treatment.

But watchful waiting is not appropriate if your pain is severe or if it interferes with your life. If you delay treatment, the pain may get worse. 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.