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What can I do?

Take a pain questionnaire by the My Pain Feels Like initiative
 

The 'my pain questionnaire' is an excellent resource to use if you are suffering from any kind of long-term or chronic pain. There are many potential pain treatment options available. In order to help you, your doctor needs to better understand your symptoms, the area and history of your chronic pain. The results of the completed ‘my pain questionnaire’ will provide you with a summary of the symptoms you are experiencing to help further discussion with your doctor. It is strongly recommended that you consult your doctor to obtain a correct medical diagnosis and discuss potential pain treatment options.

Can I get relief from my pain?

For effective relief from your chronic pain symptoms, it is important to get a correct diagnosis from your doctor. This will allow your doctor to decide which pain treatment options are best for you and your individual condition.

Help your doctor to diagnose your pain
  1. Fill in the ‘my pain questionnaire’
  2. Make an appointment with your doctor
  3. Tell your doctor about the symptoms you are experiencing as accurately and descriptively as possible
  4. Explain if anything specific triggers your chronic pain such as touch or temperature
  5. Show your doctor the print out from the 'my pain questionnaire' section of this website
  6. Ask your doctor what pain treatment options are available and most suitable for you

While there are many treatment options, e.g. medicines or pharmaceutical products that can relieve chronic pain, some work better than others in specific types of pain. Furthermore, there are alternative treatment options like electrical nerve stimulation (e.g. TENS), acupuncture, physical therapy (e.g. using heat therapy or physiotherapy), exercise, and even psychological methods of treatment.

It is important that you don’t give up if one or more treatments do not show the desired effect in pain relief. There are many treatment options available, so ask your doctor to try different treatments, some of which might have better efficacy and/or fewer side effects for your individual pain condition. Don’t accept insufficient pain treatment. In 80% of cases, doctors over- or underestimate the level of pain-related impairment of their patients. So it is important to speak out if you are not satisfied.

Pharmaceutical Treatment Options

Some medicines or pharmaceutical products act throughout the whole body (called systemic pain treatment options) and are often taken orally as tablets or capsules. Systemic treatment options used for neuropathic pain or one of the various subtypes such as localized neuropathic pain may include anticonvulsants (also known as antiepileptic drugs or AEDs), antidepressants, and opioids.

There are also a number of ‘topical’ pharmaceuticals which act only at a specific area of the body where they are administered (called local or topical pain treatment options). These treatments are applied to the skin usually as a plaster or cream. Such local treatment options for neuropathic pain include e.g. topical lidocaine or capsaicin, which can be used for the treatment of postherpetic neuralgia.

There are also other treatment options for pain relief. If you have tried one or more options and had unsatisfactory pain relief or unpleasant side effects, talk to your doctor, because there are other options available.

Besides your General Practitioner, you can also research for Pain Centers or Pain Specialists in your area.

Please note: The information on this website cannot replace a patient consulting a healthcare professional. Only a healthcare professional can decide which diagnostic procedures and treatment options are best for each individual patient.