What consequences can the results of the pain questionnaires have for me?
When you visit the outpatient clinic for the first time, and you have completed and returned the pain questionnaire forms, the results of the questionnaire will already be known to the staff.
The answers you have given in the pain questionnaires provide the pain management specialist who will be treating you with important information about your quality of life, about whether you are afraid to move (because you think this might damage your body in some way), about 'catastrophising' (unrealistic fears, for example, the fear that you may end up in a wheelchair while there may be no danger of that), and about the way the environment you live in influences your pain.
Other questions in the questionnaires have to do with your mood and possible anxieties. Your pain management specialist wants to know about this because depression and anxiety may make your pain worse. The questionnaire also includes questions measuring the severity of your pain, using various criteria.
The pain questionnaires have been designed in such a way that any abnormal results can be used to refer you to the right doctor and/or treatment. For example, there are special treatments for fear of movement and catastrophising, which are given by a rehabilitation specialist and/or a psychologist.
In some cases, the results of the questionnaire may be such that you are advised to obtain treatment not only for your physical (somatic) complaints, but also, for example, for depression.
As you can see, you may be offered several types of treatment at the same time. But, in the end, it is you who decides, in consultation with your pain management specialist, whether you follow this advice.