7 Things Doctors Can Do to Help Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Patients without Medication
Posted Jun 20 2010 1:45pm
I'm very fortunate to have a talented, knowledgeable and caring team of doctors who treat me with dignity and respect. My doctors are focused on providing me the best medical care possible.
But before I get to actually see my doctor, there are a few things that would make my office visit more productive and pain free.
These items not only help fibromyalgia and chronic pain patients, but they also benefit physicians by
- reducing staff workload - maximizing office efficiency - ensuring that their patients are not in so much pain that they cannot express their medical needs during the appointment
1. Written instructions and notes. I really appreciate it when my doctors provide me written notes/instructions at the end of my appointment and additional info regarding any treatment options we've discussed. I always bring a notebook, but because of fibro fog, I can't process material quickly. I often miss huge chunks of important info that I really need to know. The doctors who say, "Don't worry, I'll write this down for you," make me feel more confident and help me take a more active role in my health.
2. Mail or e-mail necessary medical forms to patient before office visit. By the time I reach the doctor's office, especially after an hour car ride, I am in considerable pain and exhausted. At this point, when just sitting up is a major challenge, filling out paperwork is out of the question --physically and mentally. My strategy is to have the paperwork mailed/e-mailed to me a few weeks in advance whenever possible, so that I can complete them at home at my own pace. This ensures that the forms will be filled out fully and correctly.