Pain Management: We Care About Your Pain
Dupont Hospital wants you to be comfortable during your stay. If you experience pain, our dedicated staff will work with you to gain the best possible pain relief.
FACTS ABOUT PAIN
Pain may not always be completely relieved. Set a goal for pain relief with your caregivers. Decide what level of pain will allow you to rest and participate in your care.
Don't worry about getting “hooked” on pain medicines. Studies show that this is very rare, unless you already have a problem with drug abuse.
People “feel” pain in different ways. Pain varies, depending on:
- The circumstances
- The person’s mood
- The cause of the pain
- Many other factors
There is no “right” way to handle the experience of pain. Tell your caregivers about your pain, describe it and rate it the best you can, and we will work with you to find relief.
If you think that you are allergic to a medication, talk to your doctor about the reaction you had to the medicine. You may be sensitive to one type of this medication and be able to take the medication in a different form.
MEASURING YOUR PAIN
Your doctors and nurses may ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10 or select a face or words that describe your pain. This will help your caregivers know how well your treatment is working and whether to make any changes. You may also set a pain control goal (such as having no pain that’s worse than 2 on the scale).
TREATING YOUR PAIN
Tell your doctor or nurse about any pain you have. The nurses and doctors want and need to know about your pain in order to detect any further problems you may have.
Things you can do to help relieve your pain:
- Hold incision or painful area with a blanket or pillow when coughing or moving
- Movement/walking only as directed by staff
- Distractions—watching TV or reading
If the current treatment is not working, talk with your caregiver about finding methods that will help reduce or relieve your pain.
Medications for pain may be given in different forms:
- Tablet or liquid
- Injections into skin or muscle (IM)
- Injections into vein (IV)
- Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) is a method of giving medicine into the vein with a pump that you control so that you receive medicine when you need it.
- Medicine may be given through a small tube in your back (called an epidural).