Questions for the Doctor
It is critical to be open and honest with your physician. Despite this, many patients are afraid that a medical provider will view them as a complainer and decide not to disclose accurate details about their health, which in turn results in the patient receiving inadequate care. Instead, if you notice any signs or symptoms of mesothelioma, promptly notify your medical provider; mesothelioma is an aggressive and quick moving disease.
The Throneberry Law Group focuses on providing compassionate legal representation to mesothelioma victims and their loved ones during this emotionally and often financially difficult time. We also support clients who advocate for their own care. Behind our approach is a principal attorney who experienced the loss of his father-in-law to mesothelioma and understands just how devastating the condition can be.Talking About Pain and its Impact on Your Life
It is critical to perform an accurate assessment of pain caused by malignant mesothelioma to determine the most appropriate treatment options. Because pain sometimes does not present with visual symptoms, it is critical for a patient to speak up throughout the treatment process. Some of the details about pain associated with mesothelioma and its management o discuss with your health care provider include the following:
- Activities or situations that decrease the pain
- Activities or situations that intensify the pain
- A description of how the pain feels
- Any medications that you are currently taking
- How long the pain lasts
- How often the pain occurs
- How quickly the pain comes on
- The intensity of the pain and its levels throughout the day
- The location of the pain you are experiencing
- Whether the pain is constant or occasional
Chronic pain can be debilitating. Do not be quiet about it. Bring a list of symptoms associated with your pain as well as your concerns when you meet with your physician. If you feel that you are unable to express yourself, you can also bring a family member or friend who can take notes during conversations with your doctor. You should never feel uncomfortable or afraid to tell your physician about your symptoms or ask questions about your treatment options.Questions to Ask Your Medical Provider
It is your right as a patient to understand how far your disease has progressed, what to expect next, and your life expectancy. While these might be uncomfortable issues to discuss, the only way to prepare for what is to come is to learn as much as you can. Some of the important questions that you should ask your physician include the following:
- What happens next?
- Are chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation options?
- What are the advantages (and disadvantages) to each treatment option?
- What medications are available for pain?
- What side effects and risks are associated with treatment options?
- What symptoms can be expected at each stage?
- Are there are any non-drug methods to relieve pain?
The Throneberry Law Group is dedicated to helping mesothelioma patients throughout the country. We are prepared to travel anywhere in the country to meet with you to discuss your various available options to pursue compensation from the parties responsible for your asbestos exposure. Contact our law office today by calling (888) 506-1131. Remember, we do not charge any fees unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you.