I’m back and refreshed after a July vacation.Â I hope you’re enjoying your summer too!
Our next topic isÂ psychiatric pain management.Â We’ll learn what it is and figure out if youÂ mightÂ you benefit from this treatment.
If your doctor hasÂ recommended that you consideringÂ seeing a pain management psychiatrist or psychologist, it might not beÂ clearÂ exactly why this might be helpful.Â You might think,Â Does my doctor think my pain is all in my head?Â or, Will I have to lie on a couch and talk aboutÂ my dreams?
The answer is no.Â No, itâ€™s not all in your head.Â And, no, youâ€™ll do other things instead of talking about your childhood.
There are manyÂ ways some visits to a pain management psychiatrist might be helpful.Â This is a psychiatrist who understands chronic pain, and who can teach you many ways to decrease and cope with pain.Â You want to look for someone who specifically has expertise in treating pain.
Over the next several weeks, weâ€™ll look at the benefits of this treatment.Â So stay tuned to this series!Â Readers, have you visited a pain management psychiatrist?Â What was your experience?