7 reasons why being in pain is a pain

I’m now walking the second mile in another man’s moccasins, and it’s no more enjoyable than my first mile.

Many doctors cringe when they see a chronic pain patient on their day’s schedule or at least certain chronic pain patients. Some of that dread isn’t directly caused by the patient but rather the deluge of third-party administrative demands: workman’s compensation updates, disability applications, insurance forms, lawyers’ letters, etc.

Still, even when the patient comes with no untoward paperwork needs, pain patients can be a difficult bunch to cope with. If it’s not the long wait for a referral that has them in your office every other week, it’s the pills that didn’t work. If it’s not the physiotherapy that aggravates things, it’s the escalating dose of opioid that’s pushing the limits laid out in the guidelines. Even the patients you have a fabulous relationship can wear on you — to say nothing of those days when you’ll do anything to get them out of your office.

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