It's not uncommon for chronic pain patients to report a difficult encounter with a doctor.
"One of the things that patients cry out the most for is having someone actually listen to them and understand them," says Micke Brown, director of advocacy at the American Pain Foundation.
Andrea Cooper, 52, a fibromyalgia patient and patient advocate in Phoenix, Md., agrees, but also notes that a patient's actions can sometimes make a doctor's job harder.
Here's how to avoid the top six pain patient no-no's.
Cooper recommends writing down questions in order of priority, keeping a pain diary, and having medication refill needs on hand. To read more, please click the link: