Treatment for chronic neurological disorders

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The nervous system is one of the most complex systems in the human body. It may be very difficult to determine the source of chronic pain and in such a situation, it is advisable to contact a neurologist. The neurologist helps patients to get out of the deadlock caused by the pain. During the process of the treatment, it is essential to take into consideration not only the symptoms of the pain but the interests and wishes of the patient as well, which are no less important than the pain treatment itself.

Pain is not only sensory but also an emotional state. During the neurologist‘s appointment do not be afraid of naming not only your physical but also the emotional changes that you experience. Knowing what to expect during the consultation makes patients feel more relaxed and remember all the important information that must be provided to the specialist.

Below are some of the most important items that will be discussed during the consultation:

Anamnesis:

Give your doctor all the information about your illness. Try to remember the beginning of the pain and describe the circumstances in which the pain occurred. Does your feeling of pain relate to movement, or is it exacerbated by work or sitting position?

Describe the pain:

First try to localize the pain and name the change of pain localization over time. Then discuss with your neurologist the speed, duration, progression, and waves of pain.

When asked by a neurologist, tell what factors are more likely to provoke the pain:

Direct - situation or motion, or indirect - stress, emotions or depression. Share the factors that make you less painful, so your doctor will be able to choose the right pain treatment.

Tell your doctor about the treatment you have already taken for pain:

What medications have you been using to date, or other treatments such as physical therapy, physiotherapy, manual therapy, others? Maybe you had surgeries?

Don’t be afraid to trust your doctor – this is the only way to evaluate the real situation and find the most appropriate treatment. Well chosen pain treatment will not only improve your well-being and speed up recovery but will also increase your ability to work and help you enjoy a better quality of life.