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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Explaining the Pain

In the Spotlight - by: Julie Stachowiak, Ph.D

Explaining the Pain
It is estimated that up to 80 percent of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) will seek medical care for pain at some point. However, managing MS-related pain is not as straightforward as telling your doctor, "it hurts here" and receiving a magical pill that makes it go away.

Pain in multiple sclerosis (MS) can be caused by the disease process itself or as a result of other MS symptoms, such as spasticity or immobility. There are treatments that can help almost any type of pain, but the doctor must be able to determine the most likely cause of the pain and how much it is affecting your life before knowing what course to try and how aggressive to be in a pain management approach.

When we visit our doctor that the most helpful information he or she has is the details that we can give about the symptom and our experiences, especially in the case of pain. I hope these questions will help you give your doctor the most important and precise information about your pain, which can lead to a quick diagnosis and treatment plan.

Read the full article: How to Talk to Your Doctor About Pain


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