Just because chronic pain patients have access to health care does not mean we have access to health care we need. And just because practitioners are good (replete with prestigious degrees and excellent referrals) does not mean they are good for us.
Those with chronic pain and hypersensitivity need to listen to our guts and be extra careful about whom we choose for our healthcare team. The wrong practitioners can be worse than no practitioners at all: They may not listen or respond appropriately to critical information we share, thereby running the risk of misdiagnosing or physically injuring us. Fortunately, as with the beginning of any relationship, there are questions to ask and cues to notice, to ensure that we end up in the right hands and get the care we need.