Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the more commonly asked questions about the Paediatric Chronic Pain Program at Children's Hospital

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. 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 and nurse practitioners. You can discuss your interest in our program with your physician, and we would be happy to answer any questions they have.

I am afraid of needles and procedures. Will these happen at a Pain Clinic appointment?

Our initial appointment involves a conversation with yourself and your caregivers. There is a brief physical exam, however, it does not involve any needles and we work within your comfort zone. We try to minimize any pain or discomfort during the physical exam.

I have been seen by another Pain Clinic. Does that matter?

It is important for us to know as much about your 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 you.

I have concerns about pain medications and am unsure if I want to take 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 I am in crisis or having severe acute pain?

If you are having a crisis (whether pain or otherwise), 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.