At Advanced Pain Management, we believe that every appointment is an important one. With that in mind, we have put together a few helpful tips and questions you can look at to prepare for your appointment with our pain experts to help start you on your path for pain relief.
Bring a list of the medications that you take so you can help your APM provider understand your patient history.
If you have any radiology films, bring them along. It is always a good idea to bring any X-Ray or MRI images to your first appointment.
Please bring a photo ID, your Insurance Card and any required co-payment.
Patients requiring sedation:
Please DO NOT eat any food for at least 6 hours before your arrival time.
Please DO NOT drink any full liquids such as milk, orange or grapefruit juices.
You may drink clear liquids such as tea, black coffee, clear soda, clear juices (such as apple or cranberry) or water up to 2 hours before your arrival time .
You MUST bring a driver who is to remain there until you are discharged.
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:
What causes my pain?
Can my pain be cured or managed?
Is it normal to suffer this type of pain with this condition?
Are there common triggers for this type of pain? Should I avoid noise, heat, certain foods or other situations?
Why does my pain seem worse at certain times of the day or during certain weather conditions?
How can a pain specialist help me and my condition?
What kinds of pain treatments are available and appropriate for me? What are the risks and side effects of each?
What about alternative treatments? Are there homeopathic or complementary treatments?
Will diet or exercise help alleviate my pain? Should I see a nutritionist or work with a physical or occupational therapist?
What resources are available to help me learn more about my type of pain and how to manage it?