TALKING TO
YOUR
DOCTOR

The most important part of getting
relief is working with your doctor and
talking to him or her regularly.

COMMUNICATING WELL
FROM THE START

Getting the conversation
started with your doctor

Living with spinal cord injury nerve pain can be overwhelming and, at times, tough. But you’re not alone. Your doctor, as well as other resources and treatments, like LYRICA (pregabalin), are here to help. Whether you are in the beginning stages of getting the right diagnosis or you’ve been managing spinal cord injury nerve pain for a while, working with your doctor is one of the best ways to find relief.

WAYS TO WORK WITH YOUR DOCTOR

PREPARING FOR YOUR
NEXT APPOINTMENT

Visiting your doctor’s office and communicating your symptoms and pain can be difficult, especially when you have a spinal cord injury and burning, stabbing, throbbing pain. Viewing your doctor as your partner will enable you both to decide the best course of action, and help you get the most from your treatment plan.

Take a look at some ways to work
with your doctor

Getting a diagnosis

If you’ve had a spinal cord injury, you know how much it can affect you. Spinal cord injury nerve pain is a chronic condition, and it can get worse over time. The first step to getting an accurate diagnosis is talking with your doctor about the burning, shooting, stabbing, shock-like nerve pain you may be experiencing from spinal cord injury nerve pain.

List out your symptoms

It’s helpful to have a list of your symptoms when visiting your doctor. Putting everything on paper can make it easier to explain all the ways spinal cord injury affects you.

Ask yourself these questions

The questions below can help you get the conversation started with your doctor. Write down your answers on a notepad, and take them with you to your next doctor’s appointment.

  • How would you describe your symptoms of nerve pain from spinal cord injury?
  • On a scale of 0 to 10 (0 = no pain; 10 = most pain), how would you rate the severity of your pain?
  • In the last week, has your spinal cord injury nerve pain impacted you?

Ask your doctor if LYRICA
can help you treat your condition

If you’re diagnosed with spinal cord injury nerve pain, ask your doctor if LYRICA could be right for you. Your treatment is an ongoing process. It’s very important that you be aware of how pain is affecting you and that you communicate this information to your doctor. For some patients in a clinical study, LYRICA provided significant relief for spinal cord injury pain.*

Any changes or additions to your treatment should be a decision you make together. Your doctor wants to hear about your symptoms and experiences, and how you feel.

Ask what additional treatment
approaches may be right for you

Discuss how lifestyle choices, such as eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and incorporating physical activity, can help you manage your nerve pain. You may also want to discuss alternative treatments such as physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, and more. Work with your doctor to decide what is right for you.

MICHAEL

Husband, Telemarketer, Woodwork Designer
“One of my doctors
heard about LYRICA and
asked if I was willing to
try it. LYRICA makes a
difference and allows me
to experience what I
enjoy with less pain.”
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