Originally Posted by spoiltmom
...will he/she try to find out why I'm in pain or just give me pain pills...
...I have 2 little ones at home and I'm wanting an answer and not just something for the pain...
There are a variety of approaches to PM. Some try to locate the cause of the pain, so treat with meds while looking for causes, some are palliative care docs, meaning that for those whose cause cannot be determined or the cause in incurable, they require treatment for pain and quality of life.
Being one of those who cause has yet to be found, I assume any good PM doc would work to determine why you are in pain. And, if they're worth their salt, they will also treat the pain.
Chronic Pain (CP) is unhealthy. CP can cause high pulse rate, high blood pressure, depression, muscle wasting, weight gain, immune system complications, insomnia, fatigue, etc. These reasons, and many more are why pain has been elevated to be the fifth vital sign, and it is imperative that it be treated. So the goal is to find balance between diagnostics, analgesics and quality of life.
Also, when pain goes under-treated for too long it can damage the nervous system's ability to recognize and report pain, causing the patient to be in a life-long CP state. So both the determination of the cause and the immediate treatment of the pain are critical to long-term health.
Many here on the board have undergone battery after battery of tests and learned, unfortunately, that either the cause will not be found or that everything has been done to treat the condition and it is permanent. In such cases all there is to offer is relief of pain.
Many here are doing battle with accepting their condition and the permanence of the pain and they are at the other end of the battle from you. I do hope you can learn the cause of your pain and eliminate it so that your pain is gone and will not return. I also hope you are willing to be treated for your current level of pain so that your nervous system is not damaged by it, rendering you a permanent CP patient.
PM docs will work with you to determine the necessary diagnostic and pain relief treatments. I hope you can locate a good one.