When I first started into PM, my doc had me visit the Pain Psychiatrist on staff. I also did a test much like you described. This test helps weed out malingerers, (fakers), as well as addresses potential emotional/behavioral issues that may need to be addressed. Because of the nature of the test, it's very hard to "fake". It is a multiple choice test. The test I took was called the MMPI. The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). "The MMPI is one of the most frequently used personality tests in the mental health fields. This assessment, or test, was designed to help identify personal, social, and behavioral problems in psychiatric patients. The test helps provide relevant information to aid in problem identification, diagnosis, and treatment planning for the patient."
I would not be insulted if I were you that your doc has asked you to do this. I don't know if this is the test you are referring to, but know that (generally) your PM has your
best interest at heart, and it sounds to me he/she is willing to look at all aspects of treatment of your pain. Unfortunately, with chronic pain, often the secondary issue of depression and/or anxiety tags along. It is something that many of us CP'ers have to learn to deal with, and having a Psychiatriast on staff makes me comfortable in knowing if I have an "issue" pop up like depression, or guilt of taking meds as I talked about in another thread, that I have someone I can help me deal with this IN my PM clinic and am not either A) having to look outside of the PM clince to address my emotional issues or B) just not having the resources to deal with these other isuess that often go along with CP at all as some folks do (because of their docs practice belief that of just not dealing with the whole person). Am I making sense....I seem to be rambling today!!
What I'm trying to say is that MY PM clinic is a "one stop shop"...it does all of the modalities associated with PM right there in the clinic....Physical Therapy, Injections, Chiro., Medications, and Psychotherapy, etc, all in the SAME
place. So the clinic basically is treating the WHOLE person and not just one part of the person.
Good luck Chrissy, I'm pulling for you, and have been praying for you along your journey.