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Pain Pain is a common symptom experienced by people of all ages. Not all patients admitted to the hospital have pain. You may experience different levels of pain when you have a painful condition or recovering from surgery. We aim to reduce your pain as you recuperate. Good pain relief is important as it decreases suffering and helps you to get well quickly. When you have adequate pain relief, it
Pain relief Depending on the level of pain, the dosage of pain relief medications can be adjusted or increased, given more often or given in different combinations.
The nurse will ask you to rate your pain on a scale between 0 to 10, both at rest and on movement. (0 = no pain, 10 = worst pain ever). This will help us to assess the effectiveness of your pain relief.
Benefits of good pain relief
A patient, whose pain is well controlled, usually does better after surgery. Problems such as chest infection and deep vein thrombosis (DVT – formation of blood clots in the legs) may be avoided.
It is much easier to relieve pain if it is dealt with before it gets unbearable. You should ask for your pain relief as soon as you feel pain and continue the treatment regularly.
Ways to relieve pain
Common side effects Side effects of pain relief medications given through the spine, epidural space and muscle include:
Other ways to help your pain