What to Expect on Your First Visit
At the Pain Management Center, in conjunction with you and your physicians, an individual plan of treatment will be developed for you. An initial history is taken by a nurse trained in the pain management specialty. You will then be evaluated by an anesthesiologist, board certified in pain medicine. The evaluation consists of review of diagnostic studies, history and physical exam, review of previous treatments, and medical records from prior physicians.
Your physician will discuss your diagnosis and treatment options with you. Treatment may begin on the first visit, depending on your plan of care.
What to Bring
On your first visit, please bring the following with you:
- Reports of any X-rays, MRIs, CTs, or myelograms done relating to your pain condition.
- A list of all medications you are taking, dosages, and approximate amount of time you have been taking them.
- If you have been seen by another pain specialist for this condition, please have them forward copies of their records.
It is important to let us know of any blood thinners you may be taking. A list of medications you have tried as well as treatments tried by other physicians for this condition, if any, would be helpful. If you are being managed on opiods, you will not receive prescriptions on the initial visit without records from the prescribing physician.