When You See the Doctor (in the emergency room)

When You See the Doctor (in the emergency room)

In most health care settings, your time with the doctor will be limited. This is especially true of the emergency department, where the goal is to address your immediate crisis and help make you stable until you can see your regular health care provider.
Be prepared to briefly describe your current pain problem. Include:
Location of your pain;

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What Not to Expect (from the ER if you are a pain patient)

What Not to Expect (from the ER if you are a pain patient)

The ED is designed to take care of urgent, short-term problems and to stabilize patients so that they can see their own health care providers in the morning or in a few days. The ED is not able to do these things:
Diagnose long-term problems and provide a treatment plan;

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What to Expect (from the ER as a pain sufferer)

What to Expect (from the ER as a pain sufferer)

The emergency department is meant to provide treatment for sudden, extreme, or unstable illnesses or accidents. It cannot take the place of regular care from a family doctor or pain specialist. But it can help you get through those times when your pain breaks through or you have some other critical event.

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Preparing for an Emergency Department Visit

Preparing for an Emergency Department Visit

If it is possible, go to the emergency department of the hospital that your doctor is affiliated with. This will allow the ED staff to get access to your medical records, which can be very helpful. You can make the process go more smoothly if you come prepared. When you are in crisis, you may not be able to think clearly, so it’s a good idea to have this information ready in an envelope or folder you can just grab on your way out the door.

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Going to the ER (as a pain patient)

Going to the ER (as a pain patient)

Almost everyone who lives with pain has been to the emergency room at some time. You may have gone because your pain was out of control and you could not reach your own health care team. You may have gone because you feared that your pain was a sign of a new medical problem. You may have gone because you have no insurance. Or your own doctor may have sent you there.

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Prevention (for migraines)

Prevention (for migraines)

Whether or not you take preventive medications, you may benefit from lifestyle changes that can help reduce the number and severity of migraines. One or more of these suggestions may be helpful for you:

Avoid triggers
If certain foods or odors seem to have triggered your migraines in the past, avoid them.

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Alternative medicine (migraines)

Alternative medicine (migraines)

Nontraditional therapies may be helpful if you have chronic migraine pain:

In this treatment, a practitioner inserts many thin, disposable needles into several areas of your skin at defined points. Clinical trials have found that acupuncture may be helpful for headache pain.

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