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You may find this checklist helpful when thinking about the questions you want to ask your doctor about treating your pain. If your doctor gives you answers you don't understand, it is okay to ask your doctor to explain again.
- What is causing my pain?
- Is it likely to get better or worse?
- What treatment do you recommend and why?
- How long will they take to work?
- How often should I take my medication?
- Should I take extra doses if I still get pain?
- Are there other options if the medication doesn't work?
- What are the possible side effects of the medication?
- How can the side effects be managed?
- Will I be able to drive when I'm taking this medication?
- Are there any precautions I need to take, such as not drinking alcohol?
- Will I get addicted to my pain medication?
- How much will my medication cost? Can I reduce the cost of it?
- Can you tell me about non-medication treatments?
- Are there any complementary therapies that might help?
- Will I keep seeing you about my pain relief, or will I see my GP or palliative care team?
- Who can I contact in an emergency?