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    Old 11-23-2006, 07:31 AM   #1
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    Pain management doctor/Physiatrist??

    Is there a difference b/t a Physiatrist and pain management doctor?

    My doctor told me to see a pain management doctor, then his resident wrote me a script for a physiatrist. This is for postopertive pain. (spianl fusion)


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    Old 11-23-2006, 08:19 AM   #2
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    Re: Pain management doctor/Physiatrist??

    It's good to see both. Actually where I used to live, they psychiatrist helped more medication wise (with anti-epileptics as I have nerve pain) than the pain mgmt doc did.

    Old 11-24-2006, 03:09 PM   #3
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    Re: Pain management doctor/Physiatrist??

    Actually, a physiatrist is different from a psychiatrist. The physiatrist is a doctor of rehabilitation medicine (the physical angle). The psychiatrist is a doctor for mental issues (depression, etc.). Pain management doctors are generally anesthesiologists who specialize in long term pain management. Some are also physiatrists, though. Sounds as if a physiatrist would be what you would want for post-operative pain and rehabilitation. Hopefully, you are not a candidate for long-term pain management. :-)

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