Questions to Ask Your Pain Management Specialist, Dr. Robert Nocerini

Questions to Ask Your Pain Management Specialist, Dr. Robert Nocerini

Chronic pain symptoms are highly variable, and the same patient may experience more than one type of chronic pain. At Northstar Joint & Spine, Board Certified Dr. Robert Nocerini develops a treatment plan to relieve, reduce, or manage your chronic pain conditions. Call us today for more information or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 7704 San Jacinto Pl Suite #200 Plano, TX 75024.

Questions to Ask Your Pain Management Specialist in Plano TX
Questions to Ask Your Pain Management Specialist in Plano TX

Table of Contents:

What are the different types of pain?
When should I refer to a pain specialist?
What conditions qualify for pain management?
What happens at the first pain management appointment?

Pain management specialists are specially trained to treat, diagnose, manage and prevent many different kinds of pain. Another aspect that makes the care provided by pain management specialists so vital is that they seek to address the underlying cause of the pain for long-term relief.

What are the different types of pain?

The different types of pain include:
 
Chronic Pain — When pain lasts for more than six months it is considered chronic, even after the original injury has healed. Chronic pain can last for months or years, be persistent or intermittent, and range from mild to severe. Affecting an estimated 50 million adults in the United States, chronic pain is one of the most common conditions in the country. While past injuries or illnesses can cause chronic pain, sometimes there is no obvious cause. Without the proper treatment and management, chronic pain can impede one’s ability to perform day-to-day tasks, negatively impacting the quality of life. Because of this, some people living with chronic pain may develop symptoms of a mental disorder, such as depression or anxiety. Symptoms that can accompany chronic pain include tense muscles, lack of energy, and limited mobility. Some common examples of chronic pain include:

• Nerve damage pain
• Low back pain
• Arthritis pain
• Fibromyalgia pain
 
Neuropathic Pain — Neuropathic pain results from damage to the nerves or dysfunction of the nervous system, which can produce pain that may be described as burning, freezing, numbing, tingling, shooting, stabbing, or sharp. In addition to this, neuropathic pain can cause an increase in skin sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures, as well as sensations such as clothing rubbing on the skin. Diabetes is a common cause of neuropathic pain, but it may have other causes, including:

• Chronic alcohol consumption
• Accidents
• Infections
• Facial nerve problems, such as Bell’s palsy
• Spinal nerve inflammation or compression
• Shingles
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• HIV
• CNS disorders, including multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s
• Radiation
• Chemotherapy drugs

When should I refer to a pain specialist?

Pain specialists are valuable medical professionals that can help patients address their pain and are especially beneficial when other treatments have failed to provide relief. Reasons to see a pain specialist include:

• Pain is not responding to conservative treatment
• Current physician does not know what is causing the pain
• Experiencing chronic pain for no reason

What conditions qualify for pain management?

Conditions that qualify for pain management include:

• Arthritis
• Back pain
• Central Pain Syndrome
• Chemotherapy pain
• Elbow pain
• Fibromyalgia
• Foot and ankle pain
• Headaches
• Hip pain
• Knee pain
• Migraines
• Musculoskeletal pain
• Neck pain
• Neuropathy
• Pinched nerves
• Shoulder pain

This list is not comprehensive; many other conditions can qualify for pain management.

What happens at the first pain management appointment?

The first pain management visit may include an interview or evaluative process, as well as multiple diagnostic tests and a physical examination. To gauge how each of these factors could impact the symptoms described, questions about family history, potential comorbidities, mental health, and former substance use may be asked. Even if a different doctor provided the patient with a diagnosis, a pain management specialist might want to form their own diagnosis, especially if the treatments prescribed by other doctors are not effective. By revealing sensitivities or problems with specific medications, diagnostic tests can provide alternate diagnoses that might better address the root of the problem.
 
If you are experiencing pain that has not responded to other forms of treatment, come to Northstar Joint & Spine today. Our pain management specialist, Dr. Robert Nocerini can help you address the underlying cause of your pain and improve your quality of life. Please give us a call or request an appointment online. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Plano TX, McKinney TX, Richardson TX, Frisco TX, Allen TX, Addison TX, and Carrollton TX.