Have a Plan for Managing Pain

Happy, mature coupleUntreated pain can greatly reduce individuals’ quality of life and even cause them to give up on living. Yet – in most cases – even severe discomfort can be managed if doctors, patients, and caregivers communicate with one another.

Hospice of the Prairie & Prairie Home Health offers the following tips for good pain management:

  • Start early. When diagnosed with a serious illness, patients should ask their doctors how any pain will be managed. Examples of medical interventions include medication, surgery and nerve blocks. There are also non-medical techniques such as relaxation therapy and massage.
  • Speak out. It’s important for patients to let caregivers know how they are feeling. Many people find it helpful to rate their pain on a scale of 0 to 10.
  • Be specific. Describe how the pain affects everyday activities. Think about what times of the day it becomes better or worse.
  • Find the right balance. Some people would rather endure higher levels of pain if it means they will be more alert. Everyone has a different threshold.
  • Follow the plan. The goal of a good pain management plan is to prevent a person from experiencing pain. Once they are in pain, it usually requires higher levels of medication to restore comfort.

For information on pain management, call Hospice of the Prairie & Prairie Home Health at 620-227-7209.

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