Cicely on Treating Pain

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Partnership in relief

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Partnership in relief

I think people often tend to say, "well either he can't do anything about it or I don't want to bother him or her, [your doctor]" or "I ought to be coping with this." Also, I think what happens is you say you have pain and you do report it and it isn't adequately assessed. The doctor doesn't ask you where or what makes it come, what makes it better and so on and so forth. Does it wake you up at night? A very important question. They feel, well this isn't the main thing or even the pain is a threat and therefore they just don't want to look at it. After all that, they ask for help with pain. They are given something and it doesn't work and they think, "well that's that" and they don't come back and say, "but it didn't work, can we try something else? Can I take it a different way or at a different time?" Patients need to work on it themselves, as well as the people who are trying to help them.

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