If you have chronic pain and you seek specialized pain treatment, usually through a pain clinic or pain center, stay in touch with your primary care doctor. Your pain physician focuses on your chronic pain and generally won’t monitor other health concerns that you may have or make sure that you receive routine health screenings, such as a mammogram or a prostate exam. Your primary care doctor manages your overall health.
Make sure your primary care doctor and your pain physician communicate openly. They both should know what pain medication you’re taking, who’s prescribing it and if you’re taking additional medications unrelated to your pain. This decreases the chances of overdose or negative interactions between medications.
(Source: Mayo Clinic, online at www.mayoclinic.com.)