Dealing with Pain
Taking advantage of additional options
Pain is the most single common reason why an individual consults a medical professional. It is very important to work with a chronic pain specialist after receiving the diagnosis. In 80% of cases physicians’ over- or underestimate the level of pain-related impairment of their patients.5 If physicians and patients have the same understanding of the impact and the type of pain, treatment success is higher. Grünenthal initiatives like Change Pain and My pain feels like offer tools which help patients to describe better their pain and support the diagnosis process. These tools may help to improve the communication between patient-doctor. But there are also things you can do by yourself which can help you to cope with pain. The pain toolkit for example offers valuable information for patients coping with chronic pain.
5 Müller-Schwefe G. et al (2011). Make a CHANGE: optimising communication and pain management decisions. Curr Med. Res. Opinion; 27(2): 481-488
Use the 'my pain questionnaire' to record your symptoms
In collaboration with the Montescano Pain School from Italy, Grünenthal has developed a questionnaire which helps the patient to describe in more detail how their pain feels like, how it affects their life and where their pain is allocated.
By recording their symptoms and printing out the completed questionnaire for their next doctor appointment, patients can better describe their pain and support the diagnosis process due to a better communication with their doctor.
To take the questionnaire please click the link: www.mypainfeelslike.com
The Pain Toolkit may help you to start dealing with your pain
Chronic pain can be difficult to understand and manage on a everyday basis. A look at the Pain Toolkit may help you to start dealing with your pain. It is a simple booklet that could provide you with some handy tips and skills to manage persistent pain. Please click here.
You can find other useful patient tools on our CHANGE PAIN site.
Please click here.