Pain Management - Patients & FamiliesPain is an uncomfortable feeling that comes from injury, disease or damage to your body. Pain is sometimes a nuisance or it may be a signal that something is wrong. If you are currently suffering in pain, you need to talk to a doctor or nurse or other health care professional, so that you can be prescribed treatment or medicine to help relieve your pain.
Help yourself to manage pain.
- Ask about what is causing the pain and learn more about it.
- Use information wisely.
- Know when to seek help in between follow-up visits.
- Do your best to stay active and healthy.
Help control your pain.There are safe and effective ways to treat pain without using pills.
- Patient/family education
- Community Support Groups
- Exercise, Yoga, Tai Chi
- Relaxation by deep breathing
- Meditation, Prayer, Spiritual & Pastoral Support
- Ice or heat
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Did you know that…?
- If you act quickly when pain starts, you can often prevent it from getting worse.
- Anxiety, fear and depression can worsen how you feel and can decrease your ability to cope with everyday life.
- Pain is NOT “all in your head.”
- Pain is NOT something you "just" have to live with.
Your Rights to Pain Relief
- Information and answers to your questions about pain and pain relief
- A feeling that your doctor or nurse cares about you
- A quick response from your doctor or nurse when you report pain
- A sense that your complaint of pain is believed
Your Responsibilities in Pain Relief
- To discuss different kinds of pain relief choices with your doctor or nurse
- To work with your doctor to make a pain relief plan
- To help your doctors and nurse measure your pain
- To tell your doctors or nurse about any pain that will not go away
(Rights and Responsibilities from the American Pain Society)