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Expressing Your Pain

 
 
     
 
 

 
 
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Keywords

pain, sleeplessness, discomfort, cramping pain, sharp pain, shooting pain, stabbing pain, pain scales

Overview *

Patients recovering from surgery and receiving treatment at the hospital or medical center may have pain.

Pain is generally a good sign of something going wrong in the body. However, when it is not treated adequately it can cause severe discomfort, inability to move, sleeplessness, depression, and can slow your recovery.

Usually, pain can be relieved with medications and non-drug treatments, but you must first alert your doctor and nurse to the pain, and then describe it to them.

Pain scales are very important in helping patients convey the amount of pain they experience. Use them to express the intensity of your pain. They are also very important in helping healthcare professionals follow the evolution of your pain, and the effectiveness of your pain medications.

Together, you and your healthcare team can achieve a level of comfort that will allow you to rest, work with physical therapists and nurses to increase your mobility, and head you towards home.

 
 

In-Depth

Introduction | Identifying Your Pain
Pain Scales | Conclusion

 
 

Multimedia

This patient education tutorial explains how you can describe your pain to your healthcare provider.

This button allows you to read and print an illustrated handout This button starts a multimedia program with interactive questions

This button allows you to read and print an illustrated handout

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This button allows you to read and print an illustrated handout.

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Last reviewed: 1/9/2007

 
     
 

.Selected topic overviews were adapted from Medlineplus, the National Library of Medicine *

 
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