Pain assessment

Is chronic pain preventing you from leading an active lifestyle? Use this questionnaire to help me evaluate your symptoms.

Q1. Have you had pain for 3 months or more?
YesNo
If YES go to Q3
If NO go to Q2

Q2. If less than three months, have you seen a GP, physical therapist, and been assessed?
YesNo
If YES go to Q3
If NO decide if you should, if not go to Q3

Q3. Is your pain felt throughout most of your body?
YesNo
If YES see GP and possibly access non-interventional pain management
If NO go to Q4

Q4. What part of your body experiences persistent pain?
Head and faceNeck and armLow back onlyLow back and leg painAbdominal and pelvic areaArms or legs

Q5. Have you been given a full diagnosis?
YesNo
If YES please provide brief details below
If NO go to Q6

Q6. Have you any reports or special investigations (e.g. MRI scan) that you can bring to the appointment?
YesNo

Q7. Are you planning to see me for a specific treatment?
YesNo
If YES please indicate which treatments you are interested in from the list below:

Spinal cord stimulation for FBSSRadiculopathyNeuropathic painCRPSTargeted Injection treatmentsTargeted radiofrequency treatmentsMultifidus nerve stimulation (Reactiv8 by Mainstay Medical)

Q8. Please indicate the reason for your appointment
I need diagnosisI need a second opinionI would like advice

Please provide your contact details if you would like to arrange an appointment





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Types of pain and
suitable treatments

Here I explain the diiferent types of pain and explain which treatments will work.

Back and leg pain
Back and Leg pain is the most common long term pain condition

Back and leg pain is the most common long term pain condition with arthritis pain a close second. Most back pain will self resolve or require non-interventional management such as physical, exercise therapy with lifestyle adjustment (weight loss, avoid heavy lifting, regular exercise).

In some of us the intervertebral disc wall may have leaked the soft gel within the disc and cause nerve root displacement and inflammation. Sciatica (leg pain) is caused by this. If rapidly progressive with evolving neurological disruption (eg foot drop, incontinence with saddle area numbness or catastrophic pain despite adequate palliation) and associated with an obvious surgical target on MRI scan, then an operation (microdiscectomy) is best.

However there are many who have either persistent or recurrent pain despite this (sometimes called FBSS, Failed Back Surgery Syndrome) or who have the pain but without an obvious surgical target (Chronic radiculopathy, pain due to injury of nerve roots that make up the sciatic nerve). These syndromes are better managed differently.

Looking for medical help?
If you suffer from severe chronic pain, fill out the quick online questionnaire to discover what treatment could work best for you.

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Neuropathic pain
Up to 20% of the population suffer chronic pain. 8% of the population have neuropathic pain. This is pain generated by nervous tissue itself.

Up to 20% of the population suffer chronic pain. 8% of the population have neuropathic pain. This is pain generated by nervous tissue itself.

Typical features are pain in an area of altered sensation, with burning, shooting, hypersensitivity or sustained painful pins and needles. Typical examples are chronic sciatica (FBSS and radiculopathy), post herpetic neuralgia (PHN, pain after shingles), painful diabetic polyneuropathy (PDPN), post traumatic or surgical neuropathy (eg. pain after hip, knee, groin, breast, abdominal, pelvic injury or surgery)

Looking for medical help?
If you suffer from severe chronic pain, fill out the quick online questionnaire to discover what treatment could work best for you.

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CRPS
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a specific diagnosis and requires a number of criteria and observed phenomena to label it as such.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a specific diagnosis and requires a number of criteria and observed phenomena to label it as such.

It is often initiated by a neuropathic mechanism and probably represents an unchecked over reaction of the pain mechanisms mentioned previously. At present we think in terms of two categories one where there has been an injury to named nerves (CRPS type 2 previously causalgia) and the other where there has usually been an injury (sometimes minimal, CRPS type 1 previously reflex sympathetic dystrophy). Sufferers experience pain, hypersensitivity to non painful stimuli like brushing (allodynia), swelling, colour, skin temperature sweating and nail changes; the extraordinary feature for a minority can be the non-selfing of the affected limb exemplified by disuse, dystonia and desire for amputation.

Treatment requires early recognition, early physical therapy with desensitisation, movement exercise, anti-neuropathic medication, cognitive therapy and in some cases neuromodulation (spinal cord stimulation SCS).

Looking for medical help?
If you suffer from severe chronic pain, fill out the quick online questionnaire to discover what treatment could work best for you.

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