- Treating pain is an important part of good patient
- Medications and other treatments can almost always
- Pain relief not only removes hurt, it also helps
you function better and get better faster.
- Pain can cause lots of other problems:
- Pain can interfere with lots of good things:
- Enjoying family and friends
- Interest in work or other routines
Ask Your Physician and Nurse
What medications can you give me to relieve the pain?
When should I take the medications? For how long?
What side effects are common?
What should be done if they occur?
I'm Afraid Of Becoming Addicted
When pain medications are used in the right way,
patients rarely become addicted. To be sure, have your
physician, nurse or pharmacist explain how to use pain
medications safely. Many patients only need pain medications
until the cause of their pain goes away. When they are
ready to stop taking the medication, the physician lowers
the amount of medication they take. By the time they
stop using it completely, the body has had time to adjust.
Some patients will need to take pain medicines over
long period of time. Taking medications regularly should
not make you feel like an "addict." You are
following your physician's recommendation and getting
the treatment you need.
I Don't Want To Be A "Complainer"
You have the right to ask for pain relief. In fact,
telling your physician or nurse about pain is what all
patients SHOULD do. The sooner you speak up, the better.
It is easier to control pain in its early stages, before
it becomes severe.
I Do Not Want To Lose Control
Most people do not lose control when they take pain
medications in the right way. You may feel sleepy when
you first take some pain medications - this feeling
usually goes away after a few days.
A few people get dizzy or feel confused when they take
pain medications. Tell your physician or nurse if this
happens to you. Changing your dose or type of medication
usually solves the problem.
I Want To Save The Strong
Pain Relievers For Later
Pain medications do not lose their effectiveness
over time. NOBODY
should be in pain for this reason.
- Patients have the right to appropriate assessment
and management of pain.
- Patients should know some basic things about pain
and pain control.
- Patients should talk with their physicians and nurses
- Patients should not let fears and myths keep them
What You Can Do (For
yourself or your child)
- Tell your physician and nurses all the places it
- How much it hurts.
- What helps ease the pain.
- What medications you are taking for pain.
- How much relief you get from the medication you
have been taking.