10 Questions To Ask At Your Appointment

 

The easiest way to have a painless discussion about pain with your APM provider starts by asking the right informational questions. Here’s a suggested checklist you may adapt to your situation:

  1. What cause(s) my pain?
  2. Can my pain be cured or managed?
  3. Is it normal to suffer this type of pain with this condition?
  4. Are there common triggers for this type of pain? Should I avoid noise, heat, certain foods or other situations?
  5. Why does my pain seem worse at certain times of the day or during certain weather conditions?
  6. How can a pain specialist help me and my condition?
  7. What kinds of pain treatments are available and appropriate for me? What are the risks and side effects of each?
  8. What about alternative treatments? Are there homeopathic or complementary treatments?
  9. Will diet or exercise help alleviate my pain? Should I see a nutritionist or work with a physical or occupational therapist?
  10. What resources are available to help me learn more about my type of pain and how to manage it?