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Pain Management

Pain can have a serious impact on your quality of life. Pain can change your mood, cause you to lose sleep, and interfere with your daily activities. You have a right to good pain management. It is your responsibility to inform us about your pain in order to achieve the best results.

Our recommendations:

Pain Control

Tell your doctor or nurse if you are having pain. There are several times that you may expect a nurse to ask you to describe your level of pain, such as upon admission or visits to clinics, as a part of an ongoing assessment, and after the start of any pain-control measure. The caregiver will ask you to score your pain level on a scale of 1 through 10. If you are given a special IV pump for pain control, called Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA), ask our staff if you are not sure how it works. There are many different medicines for pain relief. Tell our staff if you have had pain relief in the past from a specific medicine.

Please ask your health care team for more specific information about pain and alternative methods of pain management appropriate for your personal condition.