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Pain Management - Patients & Families

beachPain 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
  • Massage
  • Relaxation by deep breathing
  • Meditation, Prayer, Spiritual & Pastoral Support
  • Imagery
  • Distraction
  • Humor
  • Music
  • Ice or heat
View a list that describes options and when to use them:

Self-Help Options/Alternative/Complementary Medicine English | Spanish

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)

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