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What Not To Say To Your Pain Management Doctor?

What Not To Say To Your Pain Management Doctor

Things You Must Avoid Saying To Your Pain Management Doctor

Identifying the cause of chronic pain and developing a treatment plan can be quite difficult. But don’t worry! With the help of a reputable specialist, Advanced Medical Group, you can identify the reason for your pain and overcome it with less pain management cost.

However, having productive discussions with your pain management physician is the first essential step in the pain management process. It helps you receive appropriate care and develop a strong rapport with your pain management doctor.

Also, ensuring that your pain management strategy is customized to meet your specific needs requires effective communication. It serves as a link between you and your physician for pain management, working through a more thorough approach to address your concerns. It helps your doctor to offer suggestions regarding your health rather than relying solely on assumptions.

However, there are a few factors to consider to keep in mind when discussing chronic pain with a pain management physician. This blog will provide insightful guidance on what not to say to your pain management doctor to enhance your pain management session.

Avoiding Negative Statements During The Consultation

The level Of My Pain Isn’t Severe; I can Still Manage It…

You must communicate about your pain to get the right care. Normally, you might wish to downplay your discomfort when explaining your symptoms to seem tough or to prevent coming off as a whiner.

Try describing your pain’s nature, location, and duration rather than just saying, “It’s a minor discomfort.” Your healthcare professional can diagnose and decide on the best course of action more correctly if you share particular facts.

My Pain Is Beyond Measure; It Feels Like Knives Stabbing Me…

Conversely, exaggerating one’s level of pain can also obstruct clear communication. It’s important to communicate the depth of your pain simultaneously. Giving a false or overstated statement may result in miscommunications and unsuitable handling.

Healthcare professionals depend on correct information to make decisions regarding your treatment. You may ensure you get the right kind of care by explaining your pain and taking a balanced approach.

All I Need Is Stronger Medications For My Pain…

You and your pain management specialist must discuss your treatment options, and it is better to refrain from making particular medicine requests. Based on your particular requirements and condition, your pain management expert will select the finest drugs for you.

Asking about particular medications could be interpreted as demanding or drug-seeking behavior, which would be detrimental to your doctor’s confidence and relationship. Instead, concentrate on discussing the efficacy or absence of earlier medicines and seek their advice on substitute drugs or treatments.

Based On My Research On Pain Management…

Pain management specialists are qualified to treat you while you’re ill and offer treatment recommendations. But you should pay attention to what they have to say and have an open mind. It’s not always the best information for you to hear from friends or read on the internet.

It’s essential to discuss what’s best for you with your doctor about your unique circumstances and medical background. Show your trust in the doctor who examines you to make a decision based on his or her assessment and interpretation of the test findings.

What Not To Tell To Your Pain Management Doctor

Your Pain Management Method Does Not Work For Me…

The basis of a doctor-patient relationship is respect and trust. Questioning your pain management doctor’s expertise might lead to self-doubt and interfere with effective cooperation.

You must voice any worries or inquiries you may have regarding your treatment plan. To demonstrate that you respect your doctor’s knowledge and are looking for the finest care available, you should ask for clarification or a second opinion if needed.

But My Last Pain Management Doctor Said…

It’s crucial to refrain from discussing anything your former doctor did or said while speaking with your pain management physician. This includes not talking about certain medical procedures, drugs, or diagnostic tests that have already been ordered or carried out. Even though you might like to discuss your health history and experiences, it’s important to understand that every doctor has a unique method for treating patients.

Your new doctor might require updated test results even if you’ve previously had the same diagnostic procedures done to properly diagnose your current condition. Furthermore, since every physician practices differently, bringing up the actions or remarks of another physician could make your new specialist or physician defensive.

I Don’t Think Alternative Treatments Are Good For Managing Pain…

It is not a good idea to tell your doctor that you don’t think alternative therapies work. Because this would mean there are fewer options for effectively managing your pain. But your pain management doctors are experts in considering a variety of therapy modalities to develop a personalized strategy that addresses your particular needs and circumstances.

Alternative therapies like acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, pain management techniques, and mindfulness techniques might offer other strategies to improve general health and reduce pain in addition to well-established medication-based treatments. If you completely reject these possibilities, you can miss out on some advantages and unnecessarily restrict your options for therapy.

Following The Car Accident, I Began To Undergo Pain…

If you associate your chronic pain with a particular incident, like a vehicle accident, you may unintentionally be telling your doctor that your main goal is to get results relating to your insurance or legal matters. This may cause the physician to doubt the authenticity of your complaints and the nature of your interaction with pain management.


Good communication with your doctor can improve your chances of getting the best help for controlling your chronic pain. But remember that it is crucial to be aware of certain words and actions to refrain from to make sure your pain management doctor understands your demands. Advanced Medical Group is the best pain management center It helps them to provide you with the finest treatment possible to control your pain and enhance your quality of life.

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Fatima Shaik is a board certified internist and cardiologist. She specializes in general cardiology and heart rhythm disorders. She cares for patients at Advanced Medical Group in Jersey City and North Bergen. She also performs procedures at Jersey City Medical Center.

She completed her undergraduate education at NYU and received her MD degree for SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She completed her residency training at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center and her cardiology fellowship at New York Presbyterian Queens. She went on for advanced training in electrophysiology at Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ.
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Dr. Prajakta Avhad is double board-certified in Pain Management and Anesthesiology. Dr. Avhad received her M.B.B.S. from MIMER, India, and completed her Surgical internship and Anesthesia residency at Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn, New York during which she interned at Memorial Sloan Kettering, St. Luke’s Roosevelt, and Staten Island Hospital.

She then completed her Pain Management Fellowship from Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Dr. Avhad is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Dr. Avhad has been in practice in Central and South Jersey for more than 12years. She is a caring physician with expertise and experience in treating a spectrum of Pain conditions like chronic back and neck pain, herniated discs/sciatica with minimally invasive interventional procedures.

Dr. Avhad and her family reside in New Jersey. She is an avid gardener active with her kids, dog, and garden if not tending to her broad and exotic orchid collection.

Radhika Patel PA-C

Radhika Patel, PA-C

Physician Assistant located in Jersey City, NJ

About Patel
Graduating summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a BA in Biological Sciences and minor in Spanish, Radhika Patel obtained experiences in outpatient medicine as well as in emergency medical services prior to pursuing a career as a physician assistant. She graduated from the Rutgers University Physician Assistant program with a Master of Science after training in cardiology, internal medicine, and urgent care, among many other fields at various hospitals and private practices throughout the state of New Jersey. She is a proud member of the team at Advanced Garden State Cardiology and looks forward to meeting with patients each day in our Jersey City office.

Enrique D Chappilliquen Lucio, PA-C

Enrique Chappilliquen, PA-C

Physician Assistant located in Union City, NJ & Jersey City, NJ

About Dr. Chappilliquen
Graduated from Mercy College Physician Assistant Program with a Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Enrique has extensive experience in the medical field for more than 6 years.

He has clinical experience and training in internal medicine, cardiology, general and vascular surgery, hematology, oncology, and emergency medicine. He joined Dr. Richard’s practice in October of 2016. Since then, he has been a dedicated medical provider working in the Union City office and the Hematology/Oncology office in Jersey City as well.

As a Hispanic, he proudly serves his community with passion and devotion. Being able to communicate fluently with his patients allows him the opportunity to provide excellent medical care to the Hispanic community in Union City and Jersey City. Also, sharing the same language, culture, and values as his patients allows him to connect at a personal level with his patients. Enrique continues to develop his knowledge and skills constantly to continue satisfying the needs of his patients.

Dr Christopher Samaniego, DPM

Christopher Samaniego, DPM

Podiatrist located in Jersey City, NJ, Union City, NJ, and West New York, NJ

Christopher Samaniego, DPM, is originally from Freehold, New Jersey. He attended college at Messiah College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Biology. He earned his podiatric medical degree from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA and completed his surgical residency training at Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, MI. 

Dr. Samaniego provides comprehensive foot and ankle care at Advanced Medical Group in Jersey City, Union City, and West New York. His specialized surgical training includes

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  • Diabetic foot care
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  • Plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, orthotics
  • Gout, warts, neuroma care
  • Flat feet and high arched feet
  • Foot and ankle trauma
  • Adult and paediatric foot conditions
  • Arthritis of the foot and ankle
  • Arthroscopy, joint replacement, minimally invasive techniques

Samaniego is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Podiatric Medical Association. He keeps up to date on the latest surgical techniques and available technology in foot and ankle care.

Prior to joining Advanced Medical Group, Samaniego studied public healthcare in Zambia and assisted in providing care to the local community. He has also presented research at the annual meeting of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Samaniego achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of America and volunteered with Troop 454 for scouts with special needs and the Freehold Public Library. In his free time, Samaniego volunteers with his local church community service and youth programs.

Samaniego resides in Jersey City, NJ and maintains his health by cycling and interval training several times a week. He explains, “Healthy doctors inspire healthy patients. I follow the same advice I give my patients, and I read constantly to become a better physician every day. I encourage my patients to ask questions and learn about the cause of their symptoms. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Dr. Merwin Richard, MD. A cardiologist

Merwin Richard, MD

Cardiologist located in Jersey City, NJ & Union City, NJ

As an established board-certified internist and cardiologist, Merwin Richard, MD, has a reputation for helping patients with the most complex of health conditions. He cares for patients at Advanced Medical Group in West New York, Jersey City, and Union City, New Jersey.

Richard began his undergraduate education in medicine at Stanley Medical College in India. He earned his doctor of medicine degree from Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University before relocating to New York City.

After completing both his internship and internal medicine residency through the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Richard went through advanced fellowship training. He completed a cardiovascular fellowship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, then went on to finish a second fellowship in interventional cardiology through Mount Sinai School of Medicine (now Icahn).


Throughout his career, Richard has stayed involved in numerous research projects and previously served as a professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers University). Richard went on to become the director of the first cardiac catheterization and interventional laboratory in Jersey City and has extensive training in vein treatments.

To ensure he continues staying up to date with the latest research and techniques, Richard maintains his board memberships. He’s board certified through the American Board of Internal Medicine in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.

Being fluent in English,  Spanish, and Tamil gives Richard the opportunity to communicate with patients from diverse cultural backgrounds. Richard is currently accepting new patients.