Be prepared. It's important.

Posted June, 2008

How you can help speed your recovery from chronic pain

A well-prepared patient can help us quickly identify what's causing pain. Then we can rapidly find pain management solutions that will work to improve the patient's life. Please complete the tasks listed below prior to coming in for your visit.

xDownload, print, and fully complete the Pain Survey you can get via clicking here. This file requires that you have the free Adobe Acrobat® Reader. If you don't have Acrobat Reader version 5 (or any later version), visit the Adobe site via the link on the Important Forms page and download the free reader program, it's easy to locate there.

xCollect any medical records you that are related to the various surgical or other procedures you may have had in an attempt to rid yourself of the pain for which we're seeing you. Make a list of all of the doctors you've seen about this issue (and anything else you think may be important). Take a moment to look up the names, addresses, and other contact information for each physician, because we'll need to request copies of any records that you don't have on hand. This is especially critical in that we must know what drugs you may've tried, including any narcotics you may have taken.

XIf you have more than one problem, order your pain issues from "biggest hurt" to "smallest hurt" so that during your initial visit, Dr. Robb can concentrate on the "big pain" first and move to relieving any lesser pain once the worst issue is improving.

XMake a list of any physical trauma you may have had, such as car accidents, that may be related to the causes of your pain. It's common for an injury that seemed minor years ago to trigger certain processes that can later cause chronic and debilitating pain. The healing process may work slowly, so even things that happened twenty years ago might be related. Of course what ails you may be something not caused by trauma. Your problem may be caused by exposure to dangerous chemicals, or it could be work-related such as repetitive stress injury, and so forth. Make a note about anything at all that you believe could be relevant.