About Pain Management
Pain management is a method for recognizing and treating discomfort associated with a diagnosis, disease or treatment.
Pain relief is an important part of your healthcare. It is important for your recovery and comfort. Controlling pain can help you get well faster. With less pain, you can regain your strength more quickly, and begin breathing exercises and resume walking sooner.
What You Can Do
Learn to use the pain management scale to score your pain. Reporting your pain as a number helps the healthcare worker understand how well your pain medication is working.
Ask about a plan for pain control.
Take or ask for pain relief medication when the discomfort first begins.
If you know your pain will worsen when you begin an activity or breathing exercise, take pain medication first.
It is easier to prevent serious pain than to lessen it after it has taken hold.
Learn alternative ways to supplement pain relief such as positioning, relaxation techniques, self hypnosis, biofeedback, and therapeutic touch.
Often, it is not realistic to expect to be totally pain free; however, a satisfactory level of comfort can be expected.
Pain Management Scale
Slow Rhythmic Breathing for Relaxation
If you plan to do this for more than a few seconds, try to find a comfortable position in a quiet place. You may close your eyes for focus on an object. This breathing exercise may be used for only a few seconds or for up to 20 minutes.
From: McCaffery, M. and Beebe, A. (1999), Pain: Clinical Manual for Nursing Practice. St. Louis: C.V. Mosby Company.
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