Managing Pain

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Pain management is important for ongoing pain control, especially if you suffer with long-term or chronic pain. After getting a pain assessment, your doctor or health care provider can prescribe pain medicine or other pain treatments to help you get pain relief. Learning new coping skills to help with chronic pain is also important, so sometimes psychotherapy is also useful in helping patients deal with these issues.

 

Help Us Manage Your Pain

  • Pain is an uncomfortable feeling that tells you something may be wrong in your body.
  • Pain can be caused by illness, injury, surgery, procedures and even some treatments can cause pain.
  • Pain management is an important part of your care. Relieving and controlling your pain can help you get well faster, enjoy greater comfort, and improve the results of your care.
  • Your nurses and doctors will ask you about your pain because they want you to be comfortable and they want to know if something is wrong. It is your responsibility to inform your doctor or nurse about your pain.

Measure Your Pain

  • Help the nurses and doctors “measure your pain.” They will ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 0-10, with “0″ being no pain and “10″ being the worst pain possible.
  • Or, you may choose a word from a list that best describes your pain or pick a point on the pain scale. A different scale for infants and young children may be used.
  • It lets them know if any changes need to be made with your care.
  • Some patients (children or very sick) may not be able to rate their pain. In this case, family members will be asked to notify the nurse of any changes in the patient’s behavior.

Treatment for Pain

  • There are both medicine and non-drug treatments for pain. You and your nurses and doctors will decide which one is right for you.
  • Non-drug treatment may include position change, massage, hot or cold packs to the painful area, relaxation, imagery, meditation and music or other activities to distract you (reading, watching funny videos, etc.)
  • Drug treatment is a medicine such as a pill, liquid, injection (shot), suppository, or through an IV tube (intravenous) in your vein or back.
  • Take (or ask for) pain medicine when the pain first begins. It is easier to control pain if we take action as soon as the pain starts.
  • Your nurses and doctors will ask you how the pain medicine is working and change the medicine, its dose, or its timing if your pain is not controlled.

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