Experiencing Chronic Pain? How A Second Opinion Might Help!

May 27, 2016 at 2:55 pm Leave a comment

84965223_LargeChronic pain or pain that lasts longer than six months, affects more than 100 million Americans and can range from excruciating, episodic or continuous to totally incapacitating.1 Individuals with chronic pain may also experience anxiety, stress, depression, anger and fatigue, which all interact in complex ways with chronic pain and may decrease the body’s production of natural painkillers.

If you are a sufferer of chronic pain, you can take control of your healthcare by getting a second opinion with Grand Rounds®. Grand Rounds is the newest service included at no additional cost to covered members with a Starmark® self-funded major medical plan design beginning April 1, 2016. The service provides medical opinions to covered members from expert physicians specializing in the area of need, without any required travel.

Read or watch a video about how Kimberly, a sufferer of chronic debilitating facial pain, used Grand Rounds and as a result started a new course of treatment that has changed her life.

The American Chronic Pain Association offers the following tips to discuss with a physician2:

  • Write down all of your symptoms.
  • Share pain management techniques that have worked or not worked for you.
  • Create a list of all of your medications, over-the-counter drugs and vitamins.

By using Grand Rounds second-opinion service, you can help verify an effective treatment course, which may result in better outcomes and cost savings.

1 http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/understanding-pain-management-chronic-pain

2 https://www.theacpa.org/uploads/chronicle.pdf

Grand Rounds is not an affiliate of Starmark® or Trustmark Life Insurance Company.

Entry filed under: Cost Savings, Managing your health, To Your Health.

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