At last, after 2 years of serious pain, my GP has referred me to the Pain Clinic.
I hope I'm not overestimating the extent to which this will help.
Can anyone with experience of Pain Clinics please let me know what to expect, for example:
- What happens at the first appointment? Is it just a chat, or do they do diagnostic tests as well?
- Do they prescribe different drugs, or just the same old, same old (gabapentin, tramadol, pregabalin)?
- Do they refer you on for physiotherapy, or other physical treatments?
- In your experience, does the Pain Clinic actually make a difference to your ability to walk, clean the house or go out for a meal without unbearable levels of pain?
Any advice gratefully received!