Im seeing a doctor the end of july but when I checked with the association for consultants I discovered something rather confusing can anyone explain what a chronic pain specialist anetisists is cause im rather confused about what it is
Do you mean a Chronic Pain Anesthetist? If that's what you mean it's very common for Chronic Pain doctors to also be anesthesiologists, because many of the procedures they use to try and help alleviate pain requires knowledge in anesthesia, and nerve numbing. It's common to see a doctor who specializes in both. An actual Chronic Pain doctor is usually always has another MD, because there really is no specialty called Chronic Pain. Hope this helps a bit.
If the word is anesthetist, it means that, like most pain doctors, the doctor was trained in anesthesiology first (knocking people out for surgery). Because of their ability to drug people, they are regarded as the medical specialty best suited for dealing with chronic pain. Keep in mind that these people made a career choice that indicates they prefer their patients not awake and not talking, so be prepared, preferably with a list of your symptoms, how your pain controls what you do, and the things you have tried. Printed, if possible, with a copy for each of you. Good Luck!
An anesthetist may not be a Dr (MD). It could be an advanced practice nurse or physicians assistant (at least here in the US) A medical doctor (MD) who does anesthesia is usually referred to as an anesthesiologist. If they say anesthetist, it usually is not an MD or physician but an advanced practice RN or PA who specializes in anesthesia (they have had more advanced training than a typical nurse, if it is a nurse anesthetist, and they may have prescribing privileges as well, a physicians assistant has had advanced training to diagnose and prescribe medicines under a Drs supervision). They both usually have to work underneath supervision of a medical doctor or anesthesiologist. It is very confusing, I know. You can always call the office and have them explain to you just what educational level the anesthetist is.
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