Communicating with Doctors
Anybody else feel like they struggle to communicate with their doctors? Any tips for communicating better?
I have an upcoming appointment on Friday with my PCP, and have been thinking about the things I wish to convey. Thus far, it feels like I haven't been able to advocate for my pain control needs with my doctors. I'm really floundering at work due to unmanaged pain. It's often difficult to focus my full attention towards clients due to my pain level. Basic office tasks like writing, stapling, and thumbing through papers take me twice as long as they should and leave me in tears. I know that this is stuff that's relevent to pain management and that my doctor should know.
But then... I get into the Dr.'s office, and when the words come out, everything sounds like it's just a minor inconvenience, like I'm doing fine overall. When I was a teenager, so many doctors accused me of overexaggerating; I think that's part of why it's hard for me to express myself accurately.
Can anyone relate? Any suggestions? Any success stories you'd like to share? (Or, of course, cautionary horror stories?)
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