What is chronic pain?
Chronic pain is any pain that lasts at least three to six months.
It often occurs in patients who have already been to several doctors and/or have undergone a large number of investigative exams including lab work, CT scans and MRIs.
These exams did not reveal a cause for the pain and the treatment has proven unhelpful.
How is chronic pain managed at the American Hospital of Paris?
At the American Hospital of Paris, you will benefit from:
- A multidisciplinary environment
- Physicians specializing in the different organs
- Medical professionals specialized in pain management
- A team of physiotherapists and psychologists
All of these professionals pool their skills and resources to determine and propose a diagnostic and therapeutic solution to relieve their patients’ chronic pain.
Some examples of chronic pain include:
- Joint pain
- Lower back pain
- Muscular pain (fibromyalgia)
- Neuropathic pain
- Abdominal and pelvic pain
To efficiently manage chronic pain, a detailed patient history is necessary coupled with a complete clinical exam and precise analysis of the different investigations already performed. Throughout this process, it is essential to consider the potential psychological impacts as well as the patient’s working life and sleep patterns.
An overall assessment is made based on the exams already conducted:
- Lab work targeting autoimmune diseases and infections such as Lyme disease
- Appropriate imaging exams
- Bone scintigraphy
- Organ IRM or CT scan
- 18F-FDG PET scan
Following the assessment and discussion of the patient’s case during a weekly multidisciplinary team meeting, a customized treatment plan can be established.
The goals are to define a therapeutic approach appropriate to the diagnosis, and to propose a plan to treat the patient’s chronic pain issues. The overall objective is to relieve and improve all of the patient’s painful symptoms.