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Questions About Pain from your Physician

questions about pain from your physician

When you’re visiting your pain management physician for the first time, what questions can you expect to hear? Will you have the answers? Perhaps, but it might be best prior to your visit to jot as many feelings down as you can regarding your pain symptoms. It’s always important to be thorough in your answers and having some notes in front of you with the doctor can help. To gain a better understanding of the pain, expect some of the following questions:

Location: Yes, where it hurts, but also does it hurt anywhere else? Which leads to the next question.

Does the Pain Radiate: Does the pain move anywhere from the initial spot? Does it “radiate” over a section of your body? Kidney stone pain, for example, can begin in the back, but the pain can radiate towards the side and front of the torso making it difficult to figure out exactly where the pain is coming from.

Quality of Pain: This is where you describe the type of pain you’re feeling. Is it a dull ache, sharp, or a shooting pain? This descriptor helps to identify the type of pain and how to treat it.

Severity of the Pain: On a scale of zero to ten, with ten being the most severe, be ready to describe your level of pain currently, at a certain time of day, when moving, etc.
Aggravating and Relieving Factors: What makes it hurt more and what helps to alleviate the pain most? Do you experience certain relief during a particular exercise, hot bath, or coping mindset?

The Time of Pain: How long does it last? Do you experience more pain at a particular time of day or night? Does it come and go or is it constant?

The Pain’s Impact: How does your pain impact your quality of life? Does it affect your sleep, appetite, or any physical activities? Does it prevent you from having healthy relationships with others? Does it impede your ability to focus and concentrate?

Understand your Pain for a Better Treatment Plan

The questions above are merely a beginning point for you and your doctor in understanding your pain. Other questions may include factors such as burning, numbness or tingling sensations. However, it’s important to describe your pain in multiple ways to help your doctor visualize your pain. By providing as much detailed information about it as possible can ultimately provide you with the best treatment plan.

If you have questions regarding your pain or would like to make an appointment for a new patient consultation at Tri-County Pain Consultants, please call (800) 319-3118. You will need to know your current health insurance information as well as the name of your primary care or family physician. You may need a referral from your physician if your insurance requires one.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Coronavirus Information
Tri-County Pain Consultants is committed to providing our patients with safe and effective pain care. We are continuously monitoring and implementing the latest Covid-19 safety protocols as outlined by the CDC to safely treat our patients while protecting our clinical staff. As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this pandemic together.

The CDC recommends the following precautions to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Practice Social Distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • Limit unnecessary travel and exposure to large gatherings.
  • Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your mouth, nose or eyes.
  • Cough and/or sneeze into a tissue and throw it away. If a tissue is not handy, sneeze into your elbow.

What You Should Know:

We Have Moved

As of June 4,2019 Tri-County Pain Consultants began treating patients at our new location. All of our contact information is the same. If you have any questions please contact us.

We look forward to seeing you at our new location!
32255 Northwestern Highway
Suite 165
Farmington Hills MI 48334

Dr. Timothy Wright Is Leaving TCPC

Timothy Wright, MD

After many years of practice, Dr. Timothy Wright has decided to leave Tri-County Pain Consultants to pursue other opportunities. Dr. Wright’s last day with Tri-County Pain Consultants will be May 31st, 2018. To ensure your quality of care goes unchanged, the staff at Tri-County Pain Consultants will be transitioning your care to Dr. Dennis Dobritt effective June 1, 2018. If you have an appointment scheduled with Dr. Wright after June 1, 2018 and choose to transfer your care to Dr. Dobritt, no action is needed. If you are interested in seeking pain treatment elsewhere, please contact our office at (248) 735-8272 to begin the process to securely transfer your patient records to your preferred pain provider. Tri-County Pain Consultants is thankful for the opportunity to work alongside you during your pain management journey.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis

Have you been wondering what could be causing you to experience the following symptoms? Walking with pain, feeling numbness or ‘pins and needles’ in your hands or feet, muscle cramps, pain in your thighs and buttocks that worsens when standing, muscle weakness, even impaired bladder or bowel control. These symptoms may all be related to one specific cause: Spinal Stenosis.

What Causes Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal Stenosis, also called Spinal Narrowing, is a narrowing of the open spaces in the spine that puts pressure on the nerves and spinal cord, resulting in pain, numbness, cramping, and problems with movement. Aging is the usual culprit. Spinal Stenosis is common if you are over 50, however younger people may get Spinal Stenosis if they have been born with a narrow spinal canal. Other causes may be Osteoarthritis, spinal tumors, calcium deposits, and Paget’s disease.
Research shows that the pain from spinal stenosis can mimic pain brought about by other spinal disorders. For most patients the condition develops slowly over time. It is quite rare for the condition to be brought about by a single incident.

Is Surgery The Best and Only Answer?

Not exactly. For some patients with spinal stenosis, surgery is a last resort to relieve pressure on the effected nerves in the spine. Surgery is usually reserved for patients with neurologic weakness in the affected extremities. Your first step to relief from your chronic pain is to talk with a board certified pain physician at Tri-County Pain Consultants. Tri-County Pain Consultants offer various treatment options including Nerve block treatments or injections of anesthetic medication with anti- inflammatory medications. Oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications in conjunction with pain medications may be useful as well in treating the pain.

What About Physical Therapy?

Tri-County Pain Consultants may also prescribe physical therapy exercises that will initially address flexibility and proceed to strength training exercises for the surrounding muscles in order to provide support for the affected parts of the spine. Behavioral interventions, including biofeedback and muscle relaxation training, in conjunction with counseling are used for patients with recurring pain when all other methods fail. The goal is to develop coping mechanisms to live more productively with the residual pain.