Pain Management Clinic
Unrelieved pain can lead to multiple problems such as loss of mobility, loss of appetite, loss of sleep, poor respiratory effort, depression, prolonged recovery after surgery and increased length of hospital stay. However, most pain can be controlled. DHRC believes that you have the right to have your pain assessed and treated, and we will work with you to assure your pain is prevented or relieved.
As a person with pain, you have the rights to:
- Have your reports of pain taken seriously and to be treated with dignity and respect by doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.
- Have your pain thoroughly assessed and promptly treated.
- Be informed by your doctor about what may be causing your pain, possible treatments and the benefits and risks of each.
- Be referred to pain specialist if your pain persists.
- Get clear and prompt answers to your questions, take time to make decisions, and refuse any treatment.
Myths about Pain
- Pain medications are addictive and to be used only as a last resort.
- Severe or chronic pain cannot be effectively controlled.
- Pain is an unavoidable result of aging or the diseases process.
- It is more admirable or socially acceptable to ignore pain.
As a patient at DHRC, you have the responsibility to:
- Ask your doctor or nurse what to expect regarding your pain course, treatment options and pain management. Including any fears you may have.
- Discuss pain relief options with our doctors and nurses.
- Work with your doctors and nurses to develop a pain management plan that is individualized to you.
- Ask for pain relief when pain exceeds your personal comfort level. Pain is easier to prevent than to treat.
- Give your doctor or nurse an honest report of pain using the 1 to 10 pain scale.
- Tell your nurses or doctors if pain is not relieved.
- Tell your nurse or doctors if you are experiencing any side effects of pain medication (nausea, constipation, etc.)
The Pain Rating Scale
The 0 to 10 pain rating scale is a helpful way for you to easily describe your level of pain to your doctor and nurses so they can help manage your pain.
Your nurse or doctors will ask you to rate your pain on a regular basis. You may be asked to rate your pain once a day or as often as every few minutes for severe pain.
In some patients, pain medications can cause nausea, vomiting, constipation and itching. These symptoms do usually go away within the first couple of days after starting a pain medication, but your doctor and nurse can help relieve these side effects in the meantime.
Pain Management Techniques
- Oral, Intravenous, Intra muscular and transdermal pain medications given by a healthcare professional.
- Intravenous patient controlled Analgesia (PCA)
- Heat Therapy
- Cold Therapy
- Physical Therapy (TENS units, ultrasound, therapeutic exercises, massage)
- Occupational Therapy (therapeutic exercises)
- Epidural Steroid Injections
- Epidural Analgesic
- Intrathecals medication
- Nerve Blocks.
Things You Can Do On Your Own
- Relaxation techniques
- Music Therapy
- Breathing Exercises
- Diversion (Watch your favorite movie or ask friends and family to come for a short visit)
- Laughter truly is the best medicine!
Palliative care and pain specialists can help
Cancer pain can reduce so that you can enjoy your normal routines and sleep better. It may help to talk with a palliative care or pain specialist. These may be oncologists, anaesthesiologists, neurologists, surgeons, other doctors. Pain and palliative care specialists are experts in pain control. Palliative care specialists treat the symptoms, side effects and emotional problems of both cancer and its treatment. They will work with you to find the best way to manage your pain.
When cancer pain is not treated properly, you may be Tired, Depressed, Angry, Worried, Lonely and Stressed.
When Cancer pain is managed properly, you can:
- Enjoy being active
- Sleep Better
- Enjoy Family and Friends
- Improve your appetite
- Enjoy Sexual intimacy
- Prevent Depression
Pain management for breast cancer
Throughout your treatment, the pain management team is on call 24/7 to help you anticipate and proactively manage cancer-related pain.
We′ll ensure you are comfortable and continually receiving the pain relief you need. We will also troubleshoot any side effects of pain medication, such as nausea, drowsiness and constipation. The goal is to find a balance between controlling pain and preserving quality of life.