Advice to Patients Discussing Pain with Their Doctors

1.  First and foremost, find a pphysician that is skillful and willing to treat pain related problems.  If the physician is not so skilled or interested, you can talk until you are blue in the face, and nothing will change.  That is the way life is in medicine, and elsewhere.

2.  Ignore the insurance company ‘list’ of physicians.  More times than not, the better physicians do not participate with your plan.  Why?  Because they do not need to put up with the insurance company nonsense and they do not need to discount their services in a Walmart-type setting.

a.  The best physicians take the very same insurance plans as do the grocery stores, automobile repair shops and restaurants.

b.  Physicians skillful in the treatment of pain are not necessarily available in every town, city or suburb.  Be prepared to travel.

c.  Not every ‘pain physician’ is really a pain physician.  It does not take any special training to give yourself this label.  Just because they are listed in the yellow pages, or advertise on TV or radio, they are not necessarily skillful, knowledgeable or effective.

3.  Then, when you present to the physician, have your records handy (copies should be already made so that he/she can write/highlight on them), have your history/complaints written out, and you will find that time will be best invested.

3. Do not try to ‘teach’ yourdoctor about RSD, metabolic syndrome ‘X’,  or any other medical problem.  While it seems like a good idea, doctors are bombarded with all sorts of information and they are in a constant state of overload.  They get their education, as you do, when their brain is ready to receive the information.  This occurs at home, on weekends or at seminars.

4. Be patient. It is not easy to find the right physician.  The process may take considerable time.


About David S Klein, MD 149 Articles
David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine. He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively. Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.