The Staff at Mount St. Mary's Hospital is sensitive to your pain. We believe that you are the person who can most accurately describe your pain. We will believe your reports. We will respond promptly and will address your concerns even though complete relief may not always be possible. We ask that you use a 0-10 scale (0=no pain; 10=worst pain imaginable). If you do not understand this scale, please tell us so that we may meet your needs using another rating system. If you need us to provide information in another language, please tell us so that you can participate in your care. We will ask you to rate your pain at least every 8 hours using this pain scale:
Taking Care of Pain is Important It helps you feel stronger and cope better
Pain can cause:
Pain can interfere with:
- Daily activities
- Interest in work and hobbies
- Enjoying friends and family
- Enjoying life
Pain relief is your right as a patient.
Help yourself by asking your doctor or nurse for pain relief when you need it. Then find out how to take your medicines safely, and follow your doctor's advice. It's your role in getting the best health care.
Don't Let Worries Like These Keep You in Pain:
- I'm afraid of becoming addicted
When pain medicines are given and taken in the right way, patients rarely become addicted to them. To be sure, talk to the doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to use pain medicines safely.
Many patients only need pain medicines for a time, until the cause of their pain goes away. When they are ready to stop taking the medicine, the doctor gradually lowers the amount of medicine they take. By the time they stop using it completely, the body has time to adjust.
Some patients will need to take medicines for the long-term. Taking medicines regularly should not make you feel like an "addict". You are following your doctor's advice and getting the treatment you need.
- I don't want to seem like a "complainer"
You have to ask for pain relief. In fact, telling the doctor or nurse about pain is what all patients SHOULD do. The sooner you speak up, the better. It's often easier to control pain in it's early stages, before it becomes severe.
- I don't want to lose control
Most people do not get "high" or lose control when they take pain medicines in the right way. You may feel sleepy when you first take some pain medicines, but this feeling often goes away after a few days.
A few people get dizzy or feel confused when they take pain medicines. Tell the doctor or nurse if this happens to you. Changing your dose or type of medicine usually can solve the problem.
If you're in Pain, Get Relief
Medicine and other treatments can almost always relieve pain. Treating pain is an important part of good health care. Pain relief can also help you enjoy life more.
- To get relief, talk to your doctor or nurse as soon as pain begins.
- Work with your doctor and nurse to develop a pain management plan
- Tell your doctor and nurse about any worries you have about taking pain medication.