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April 16, 2008

Chronic Pain Management: Guidelines for Multidisciplinary Program Development

JAMA. 2008;299(15):1842-1843. doi:10.1001/jama.299.15.1842

Instead of another interventional procedure, my surgeon told me to contact a pain management clinic to learn to handle the pain that his medical science could not heal. As he wrote the recommendation . . . I could feel a sense of defeat permeate the room. . . . As I presented my sheet to [my surgeon’s] front office staff, there was none of the usual friendly banter. . . . Eyes that were normally warm and friendly looked away as I presented my fee sheet which held that equivalent of a failing grade.