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August 28, 2011

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Dianne Duffy

I find that the opposite is true - doctors usually brush your reports of pain aside, especially if you recently had surgery. I told every single doctor I saw about my pain while I was going through chemo. Not one took me seriously. They consistently offered medications that I was already taking, and they wrote my pain off as a "low pain threshold" following surgery. It took a visit to the ER for them to finally take me seriously.

Also there are many different kinds of pain. It took me 2 years and $400 for me to learn the magic word. Allodynia. I wish I had known it at the beginning. It really gets their attention now.

Well - live and learn...


Dianne Duffy

Wendy S. Harpham, MD

Dianne,
I'm sorry you had that experience. Sadly, you are not alone. Researchers have repeatedly documented physicians' poor performance on treating pain.

I'm glad your knowledge of "allodynia" -- i.e., pain in response to a stimulus that is not normally painful, such as touching skin with a feather -- has been helpful. Sadly, again, using medical terminology may cause some clinicians to suspect a well-studied malingerer.

Pain remains a challenging issue in modern medicine.

With hope, Wendy

Vina

I have been so bewildered in the past but now it all makes sense!

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