Since I know that many of you won't be able to see a pain specialist right away, I've taken the liberty of getting some advice to share with you directly from the doctors at Arizona Pain Specialists. Being a full time pain patient for so many years, I've met a lot of different doctors. I always find it fascinating to hear the stories behind their career choice, so I asked the doctors at Arizona pain why they decided to specialize in pain management and what their advice to a pain patient was.
Dr. Paul Lynch and Dr. Tory McJunkin have been best friends since college, and they chose to go into pain management because of a loved one’s personal battle with pain. When Paul's mother-in-law was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer, he spent significant time researching a way to provide relief for her debilitating pain and in doing so, learned about interventional pain management and the impact it could have on changing a patient’s life. When Paul told Tory that he wanted to go into pain management, Tory saw that it was the specialty for him as well, and the dream for Arizona Pain Specialists was born. Together they now help thousands of patients every month.
Paul and Tory explain, "Every day, we have patients come to us and say: “I wish I would have found you five or ten years ago,” or “had I known my painful condition could be treated, I would have come in.” Because of this, we work hard to constantly educate on painful conditions and non-invasive treatments available."
The Doctors at the Arizona Pain Specialists say that the best advice they can give for someone in chronic pain is to find out where exactly the source or causation of your pain is.
"Every day at Arizona Pain Specialists, we see patients that have come to us for a second opinion after they have been told surgery is their only option. We have seen patients that have been told they need to have a hip replacement when, in actuality, they had a pinched nerve in their back and could be treated with an inpatient, non-invasive epidural steroid injection procedure."
"If you suffer from chronic pain, we would recommend being referred to an interventional pain specialist. They are trained to find the source of your pain and often can offer relief in a non-invasive way."
"We also recommend becoming as educated on your condition as possible. By being educated on your condition and treatments available, you are actively involved in your journey toward becoming pain free."
-Dr. Tory McJunkin
-Dr. Paul Lynch
-Dr. Jonathan Carlson
-Dr. Patrick Hogan