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Pain Management - When to Call Your Doctor

Only you can tell how much pain you have and whether it's getting better or worse. Talk to your doctor anytime you have new pain, your pain gets worse, or your treatment isn't controlling your pain.

Some people may think they're weak if they tell their doctor about their pain. Or they worry that they're bothering their doctor.

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You're not weak. And you're not bothering the doctor. Your doctor wants to help you. But to help you, he or she needs to know how you really feel.

Call your doctor if:

  • Your pain gets worse or is out of control.
  • You have stomach pain, an upset stomach, constipation, or heartburn that lasts or comes back.
  • You don't get better as expected.
  • You cannot sleep because of pain.
  • You are very worried or anxious or are feeling sad about your pain.
  • Your pain medicine isn't working or you have trouble taking it.

For more information, see: the topic Work Closely With Your Doctor.

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Last Updated: February 05, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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