FAQ

Why can't my doctor find out what is causing my pain? My tests are all normal.

When pain continues, there are changes that occur to our pain messaging system. If you relate our bodies to a computer, the bones, muscles, organs and tissues are the hard drive. The hard drive is easy to visualize, with tests, x-rays, and examinations. The software is our pain messaging system and there are no tests or methods to see the software. When pain continues in our body, there are changes that happen to our pain messaging system and these changes make chronic pain a disease and no…
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How do I find a chronic pain doctor?

Phone the College of Physicians for a list of docs who treat chronic pain, and who take new patients. need list of colleges (web sites links etcOn The Chronic Pain Association of Canada.com find a local support group and contact leader s and ask for names of Doctors or pain clinics in your area Phone CPAC’s office:1-780-482-6727 and ask for names of pain services or pain specialists in your area,  or email
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Do I need a referral to access a pain clinic?

You usually need a referral to a pain clinic. If you are getting no help from family doctor, it is a reasonable request to ask for a referral to a pain clinic. If the wait is long, send a letter to the provincial health minister and your MLA.
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Are opoid medications like morphine, hydromorphone, oxycontin and methadone safe to take for long periods of time?

Unfortunately, many people think that these medications are going to make them addicts. Very few chronic pain sufferers become addicted. They will become dependent on the medication, and will experience withdrawal if they stop their medications suddenly.Addiction is very different and is more an emotional behavioural problem.Pain patients can safely take opioids for life if necessary with no damage to organs or to tissues.Opioid medications do not work for everybody, and are often just one part…
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