When you are in constant pain, it’s only natural you’ll want to get to the root cause of the problem. However, for millions of people, there is no explanation for the pain they are experiencing. This is because the current investigation technique does not always show anything being abnormal or presumed to be the source of your pain.
For example, you may be having low back pain and leg pain but the X-rays, MRI and CT scans may not show any abnormality, or may show something unexpected but nor related or causing your symptoms.
Undiagnosed pain isn’t just frustrating, it can have a significant impact on a patient’s life and wellbeing. If you are struggling to get to the bottom of chronic pain, there are things you can do to get the answers you desperately need.
Seek help from a pain specialist
GPs do a fantastic job, but they aren’t specialists in pain. If you want to get to the root cause of the problem, it is worth seeking help from an actual pain specialist. Not only do they have more training in pain than general doctors, but they also have a wealth of information they can draw on from previous patients.
Dr Stoilova, who has years of experience treating undiagnosed pain, states:
I will be very happy to see patients with medically unexplained pain. Clinical examination will be vitally important, as well as details of how the pain started in the first instance, and how it is developing over time. Many types of pain are complex and involve muscles, ligaments, the periosteum of the bones, the traversing nerves and accompanying blood vessels. These are only in the domain of pain specialists to decipher and start targeted treatment. Such treatment may be complex and involve specialist medications, injection techniques, physical therapy and occupational therapy in the correct sequence.
When you visit a specialist, you are much more likely to get the answers, and the relief, that you need.
Journal your undiagnosed pain
When you do visit a pain specialist, they will require details of how the pain is progressing. Starting a pain journal is a great way to keep track of the symptoms, as well as identify potential triggers.
Begin by writing down when the pain started. What were you doing? How has it progressed since then? Each time you experience pain, write in your journal. Note the time it started, what you were doing, and how severe the pain was.
When you have a clear written journal documenting your pain, it makes it much easier for a specialist to identify the problem.
Become an active participant in your treatment
According to numerous studies, being active in your treatment makes you feel better. Although it might not eradicate the pain, it will help you to feel more in control and potentially find the answers you are looking for.
It could be trying out different exercises to reduce the pain or researching to see if there are any new studies or treatments available. It is also a good idea to find others who are going through a similar situation. Having support and understanding is important for your wellbeing when you are suffering with long-term pain.
If you are struggling to get to the root cause of undiagnosed pain, book a consultation with Dr Stoilova today.