If you are experiencing any pain, it’s important to let your
physician or nurse know. Communication is key. They have the expertise to keep your pain under control.
During your hospital stay talk to your physician or nurse about:
- How much pain to expect
- How you have best dealt with pain in the past
- Different kinds of medicine or treatments to relieve your pain
- Receiving pain medicine at the onset of pain
- Your level of pain according to the pain scale
- Any concerns you have about taking pain medications
- Any side effects you may experience, such as nausea, vomiting, weakness, hard stools (constipation), drowsiness, unsteadiness or dizziness
Help reduce your pain
- Deep Breathing. Take five deep, slow breaths that fill your chest all the way to your stomach.
- Relaxation. Listen to a book on tape or music, or engage in meditation or prayer.
- Distraction. Focus your attention on something else: television, radio, games or talking with others.
- Exercise. If you have had surgery, focus on staying active and getting your body moving.
Your Pain Scale
While you are in the hospital, or later recovering at home, you may experience discomfort or pain. Your healthcare team wants to work with you to ease your pain and make you comfortable.