It is important to us that your pain is kept under control. Pain control will help you rest better, eat better, move around better and visit with your family and friends better. In most cases, pain can be managed through medical or non-medical means. Our hospital staff will ask you on a routine basis if you are having any pain.
You should be prepared to answer questions such as:
- Where does it hurt most?
- When did the pain start?
- How long have you had it?
- Did it begin gradually or all of a sudden?
How would you describe the pain?
Examples: stabbing, burning, shooting, deep, hot
- What kinds of things make it worse?
- What kinds of things make it better?
- Does your pain radiate to another area?
When describing your pain to the staff, please use the following pain scale. Please do not wait until your pain is above level 2 before you ask for pain relief. If your medication does not relieve your pain, or if you have any side effects from the medication, please tell your doctor or nurse right away.
If your loved one is unable to speak to us about their pain, family members should tell us if you notice any of the following nonverbal indicators of pain:
- Facial wrinkling, blinking eyes
- Guarding an area of the body
- Crying, moaning
- Aggression, increased body movements
- Decrease in social interaction or routines
Pain management facts to consider: Pain medicine, when given with supervision, is safe and effective. If you experience side effects, other medications can be given to relieve your symptoms. You may experience increased pain after an operative procedure, certain movements or activity, and normally during the healing process. You may want to take some pain medication prior to exercising with physical therapy or walking so that the activity is more tolerable for you.