Pain Management

You have a right to relief from pain. There are a variety of ways to control pain. Pain medicine helps to decrease pain by blocking pain messages to your brain. Other approaches to pain relief include applying hot or cold treatments or listening to music. The goal is to reduce your pain as much as possible.

All patients are unique and need their own pain control plan.

The best way to control pain is to begin pain relief treatment before the pain becomes severe. Continue pain medication on a consistent, regular basis to break the pain cycle.

Pain medication comes in a variety of forms including oral, rectal, skin patch (medicine is gradually absorbed through the skin), patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pump (intravenous medication that allows you to add an extra dose when you need prompt pain relief), and epidural (medicine delivered continuously through a small tube in your back).

To find the best pain control methods for you, talk with your doctor or nurse about:

  • Pain medicines you have taken in the past and how well they have worked for you.
  • Fears and concerns that you have about pain medicine or treatment. Don't be concerned that you'll develop an addiction to pain medication. Studies show that few patients become addicted to pain medicine.
  • Keep your doctor or nurse up to date about your pain so they can help you keep it under control.

Pain Intensity Scales: Use this scale to rate your pain. If you have difficulty rating your pain using numbers, ask your nurse for an alternative pain scale.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
No Pain                   Worst Pain