A: Try a telephone consultation. Print, fill out and fax this form and one of our pain specialists will call you to discuss the case at the time you specify. That might be sufficient.
In certain cases, we will expedite your referral if you call the clinic (780 407 8638) and ask to speak with the physician of the day. Expediting a consult pushes everyone else further down the list, so you should be prepared to provide a compelling argument. Everyone on our waiting list has considerable pain and suffering, and many of them make considerable demands of their physicians. Regrettably, these are not sufficient reasons for expediting a first appointment.
In the meantime, a holistic program of good general and medical self-care is advised. We usually recommend to adherence to daily physical exercise, weight control, stress management, sleep hygiene, and optimal treatment of physical and psychological co-morbidity.
It is perfectly permissible for you to decide whether or not to embark on a trial of long-acting opioids for refractory pain prior to the patient being seen in a specialist centre.