If you have a heart problem you go to a cardiologist and get
it taken care of. If you have complex
diabetes , you go to an endocrinologist and get it taken care of. If you have cancer, you go to an oncologist
and get it taken care of. Where do you
go if you have pain?
You might think you
go to a "Pain Specialist." Who might
that be? Here's a short list of
possibilities: A psychiatrist, an anesthesiologist, a physiatrist, a
neurologist, a psychologist; or different individuals who practice massage,
acupuncture, or hypnosis; or interventional pain physicians, or a physician who
favors the use of medicines, or physicians who prefer not to use pain medicines . This is the short list of
If you are like many,
perhaps most, people living with chronic pain , you have tried the whole list
and then some---and this journey may have taken years. Each stop along the way typically there is
hope; there are tests and trea...
Follow the treatment prescribed for the cause of the pain.
Painkillers may provide temporary relief. If the pain is severe or persistent, call your primary health care provider or dentist.
Call your health care provider if
Face pain is accompanied by chest, shoulder, neck, or arm pain. This could mean a heart attack . Call your local emergency number (such as 911).
Pain is throbbing, worse on one side of the face, and aggravated by eating. Call a dentist.
Pain is persistent, unexplained, or accompanied by other unexplained symptoms. Call your primary health care provider.
What to expect at your health care provider's office
In emergency situations (such as a possible heart attack), you will first be stabilized. Then, the health care provider will take a medical history and perform a physical examination. For tooth problems, expect a referral to a dentist or orthodontist.
You may be asked the following questions:
Alternative Names Lower leg pain; Pain - shins; Anterior tibial pain; Medial tibial stress syndrome; MTSS; Exercise-induced leg pain; Tibial periostitis; Posterior tibial shin splints Home Care Begin the healing process with 2 - 4 weeks of rest. Rest completely (other than walking for daily activities) for at least 2 weeks. You can try other training activities, such as swimming or biking. After 2 - 4 weeks, and when the pain is gone, you can start running again. Increase your activity level slowly. If the pain returns, stop exercising right away. Warm-up and stretch before and after any exercise. Use ice or a cold pack over the area for 20 minutes, twice a day. Over-the-counter pain medications will also help. Talk with your health care provider or a physical therapist about wearing the proper shoes, getting orthotics for your shoes, and running on the right types of surfaces. For anterior compartment syndrome, your doctor will recommend treatment. For a stress fracture, see your health care...
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