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Chronic Pain Pychologist Anyone? Chronic Pain Pychologist Anyone?

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Unread 10-26-2005, 12:29 PM
Chronic Pain Pychologist Anyone?


I was wondering if anyone here has been referred to a psychologist for their chronic pain? I've never seen a psychologist and am really nervous about this. Hubby thinks it's a strange idea because he doesnt believe that I'm depressed and doesnt quite understand why I would need to go and spend the money. But I do know that I am having a huge problem with fearing the severe cyclic pain that I get at ovulation time. And doc said that he believes our minds can control the intensity of our pain that we experience. So, in other words, doc believes that my cyclic pain has possibly been intensified by me seriously fearing the pain that comes on once a month. Can anyone please share experiences with psycholgists or psychiatrists -Ive never been and I fear what they might drum up if they are quacks, make my life worse, or even what meds they might try to put me on. I dont want to take anti-depressants -especially if Im not depressed. Far too often I think docotrs -when they cant find reasons for pain -they just write us an RX and hope we dont come back to see them accept for a refill.

Any help is much appreciated

Thanx, Krisclynn
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Unread 10-26-2005, 01:23 PM
Chronic Pain Pychologist Anyone?

Hello Krisclynn:

Psychologists can not prescribe medicine. Psychiatrists are medical doctors and often do. Its real important to know which you are being referred to so that you know what to expect.

For instance, a mentally is patient will often times have a psychiatrist to monitor meds and a psychologist for talk therapy. Mental illness runs in my family. My mom is bi-polar and functions so well that most people would never guess. Her psychiatrist is only there to monitor meds. If she has issues to work thru, she sees a psychologist to discuss those.

Tension can make pain perception worse and there is something called bio-feedback that may help your perception of the pain. Maybe the psychologist will offer that to you?

Are you out of treatment options to resolve the cause of the pain?

Unread 10-26-2005, 02:09 PM
Chronic Pain Pychologist Anyone?

The suggestion has been made to me as I was seeking help for my continuing pain and problems. I think it's a good idea. Dealing with pain on a long term basis is not easy. It takes a toll on the body and on the psyche. And as one doctor told me, your body is so used to being in pain it doesn't know how not to be in pain. IMHO it certainly won't hurt to talk with a professional about all you've been going thru.

I saw a therapist a few years ago and it was one of the best things I could've done for myself. I really would like to go back.


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