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Pain Control

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

  • Medication
  • Opiods
  • Nonsteriodal anti-inflammatories
  • Patient controlled analgesia
  • Spinal analgesia
  • Nerve blocks
  • Anti-anxiety drugs
  • Sleep aids

Other options

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Heat
  • Elevation
  • Splinting
  • Massage
  • Relaxation
  • Imagery
  • Distraction
  • Education
  • Biofeedback
  • Exercise
  • 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.

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