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Chronic Pain/Headaches

Chronic Pain/Headaches

Chronic pain is a frustrating problem, especially when you don’t know what is causing it. Too often, patients are told “we can’t help you” or “I don’t see anything wrong” or even “it’s all in your head.”

That’s not what patients hear when they see Dayton Children’s neurologist Daniel Lacey, MD. Dr. Lacey specializes in chronic pediatric pain management and works closely with other specialists at Dayton Children’s to establish an accurate diagnosis and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

Dr. Lacey focuses on helping patients manage pain so that they can participate in normal activities, such as school, sports and friendships. He helps patients develop strong coping skills for pain management, which can include everything from yoga to massage to relaxation techniques. Sometimes, Dr. Lacey will prescribe pain medication, such as nerve blocks, but medication is just one component of the treatment plan.

Depending on your child’s needs, Dr. Lacey may make a referral to other clinicians, such as a psychiatrist, child life specialist, physical therapist or dietitian. When possible, we connect patients with older kids who have dealt successfully with chronic pain. There is hope!

Dr. Lacey sees patients for problems such as chronic pain related to headaches or migraines in kids and teens, disorders of the spine, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia and other conditions. Sometimes, patients are admitted to the hospital for testing and observation.



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A physician referral is necessary prior to the child’s first outpatient visit. All follow up appointments will be made during your clinic visit or by calling central scheduling.



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