Preparing Pain Patient Documentation for Appointments

I am reblogging this in hopes it will help someone who needs drugs and is having problems convincing their physicians of this need.

There is nothing in this life more hellish than living in constant, unendurable pain. I know. I did so from 1983 to 1994.

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Dr. James Murphy has organized a truly exhaustive list of documentation you can prepare in advance for an appointment with a pain specialist.

This is a summary of how chronic pain patients can effectively prepare for a productive and meaningful visit with their Kentucky physician to address pain care options –especially when care involves the use or potential use of controlled substances. The goal is that patients and physicians will work together to maximize the therapeutic benefits and minimize the inherent risks to patients, physicians, and society.

The patient-physician relationship must be a true partnership based on respect, trust, honesty, and clear communication. The following is a summary of what patients can do to help their physician partners.

This is an excellent idea for many reasons (not only for Kentucky patients), and I can vouch for its effectiveness. 

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  2 comments for “Preparing Pain Patient Documentation for Appointments

  1. Carole Jeffries
    March 3, 2015 at 3:45 am

    Hi Kerry,

    What a GREAT idea to post this information.

    I can say, firsthand, how useful it is to do what he recommends. Years ago, as I trailed from MD to MD for my own medical condition, I got tired of repeating the same old, same old information from office to office. Over time, I prepared a spreadsheet detailing:

    – my entire medical history since childhood, including childhood diseases – drugs I had tried (including that had not worked for my condition and, especially, those that caused adverse reactions) – supplements I take – other disease management efforts

    When I hand this spreadsheet to an MD, he or she is always thrilled because the doctor can see at a glance everything medical that has happened over my lifetime and, especially, since I became chronically ill 15 years ago.

    I also keep copies of all my lab test results in a binder, so I can track these results over time and so I can see what has been tested for (or not) over the years. Keeping this record helped me discover where some important thyroid tests had been missed.

    That spreadsheet and those lab reports have been invaluable over the years. Once done, the spreadsheet was easy to update when things changed. I update it at least once per year (more if something significant arises).

    Well Done!



    • March 3, 2015 at 5:39 am

      Hi Carole, thanks for your comments. What a great idea to have everything in a spreadsheet.


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