Pain relief is an important part of your treatment. Although medical professionals may not be able to eliminate your pain, we can reduce it to a more acceptable level with your help. You are not expected to "tough it out". You have a right to be as comfortable as possible.
What to Know about Pain
- Prevention is better than treatment so try to take action before the pain starts to "stay ahead" of the pain.
- If pain worsens before turning, or getting out of bed, or going to physical therapy or before a dressing is changed, ask to be medicated beforehand.
- If you experience unacceptable side effects such as nausea, headache, drowsiness, constipation, etc. request a change in drug dose or another medication.
- Anxiety can intensify pain. Request medications or other treatments that can reduce anxiety.
- Restlessness and agitation can be signs of escalating pain in individuals who cannot make their needs known.
Options for Pain Control
- Nonsteriodal anti-inflammatories
- Patient controlled analgesia
- Spinal analgesia
- Nerve blocks
- Anti-anxiety drugs
- Sleep aids
- Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation Units (TENS)
You have the right to make choices. This includes the right to refuse treatment. Your medical team should make every effort to accommodate your needs.