Frequently Asked Questions
Paediatric Chronic Pain Program
What if I have to cancel or miss my appointment?
Clinic dates may be booked weeks to months in advance. If you need to miss an appointment for unforeseen circumstances, please call as quickly as possible so that we can see another patient at that time. This will also be an opportunity to inquire about rescheduling your appointment, or about being placed on our cancellation list.
What if my doctor does not know about the clinic? Can I refer myself/my child?
At this time we only take referrals from physicians. You can discuss your interest in our program with your physician, and we would be happy to answer any questions s/he has. Our referral form can be found on this website.
My child is afraid of needles and procedures. Will these happen at a Pain Clinic Appointment?
Our assessment involves talking with the child or adolescent and their parent(s). There is a brief physical exam, however, it is non-invasive and does not involve any needles. We try to minimize any pain or discomfort during the physical exam.
My child has been seen by another Pain Clinic. Does that matter?
It is important for us to know as much about your child’s medical history as possible in order to provide a safe and accurate opinion. We request that you let us know about any tests or opinions you have had so that we can be well informed in helping your child.
I have concerns about pain medications and am unsure if I want my child taking them. Can I still be seen by your program?
Our goal is to provide you with the best assessment of the pain condition, and with information about what treatments are most likely to be safe and effective. Recommendations for adding or changing medications are often only one of the suggestions that we will make. We will explain all options that we believe to be suitable, and we are happy to answer questions and provide you with any additional information that you need.
What should I bring to clinic?
Please bring all your current medications in their original containers. Please also wear loose, comfortable clothing for the physical examination portion of clinic.
What should I do if my child is in crisis or is having severe acute pain?
If your child is having a crisis (whether pain or otherwise), then you should either see your family doctor or go to the emergency room. Unfortunately, our program is not able to help with urgent crisis situations.