Pain Scale

Commonly Asked Questions and Concerns about Pain Management

Q:        What if my medication does not work?
A:        Tell you healthcare provider.  You may need a different dose or a different medication.

Q:        If I take a narcotic, will I become addicted to it?
A:        Addiction is extremely rare among patients being treated for pain.

C:        Taking drugs for pain is a sign of weakness.
A:        A person may feel a need to "tough out" the pain.  But, untreated pain can destroy the quality of life and harm health, no matter how strong a person is.

C:        I don't want to bother the doctor or nurse.
A:        The earlier we can begin treating your pain, the better relief you will have.

Q:        Will the mediation make me sick?
A:        All medications have side effects; but they usually disappear over time and most can be treated.

Q:        Can a person's attitude affect pain?
A:        Yes.  People who stay positive and hopeful often feel less pain, or are bothered less by the pain they feel.

Q:        Why is it important to control post-operative pain?
A:        When pain is kept at a reasonable level, patients usually recover sooner. Movement is easier when it doesn't hurt. With the help of pain medications, most patients can sit up or even walk within hours of surgery. This reduces some surgical risks, such as blood clots and pneumonia. In addition, less pain means less stress on the body and the mind. When you are relaxed, blood flows more easily and healing is quicker.