Pain management is an important part of your care. Following your procedure, you may not be entirely free of pain. Our goal is to keep your pain at a tolerable level - and keep you as comfortable as possible. You have the right to expect accurate information about pain prevention and to receive pain relief measures.
Using the pain scale to describe your pain can help your physician and nurse know if your treatment is working or if a change is necessary. After your procedure, please rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10 according to the pain scale below (0=no pain 10=worst possible pain).
When talking about your pain, be sure to give accurate information to get the best relief.
Describe your pain in terms of:
- Where the pain is located.
- How bad the pain is.
- What the pain feels like (ache, throb, burn, etc.).
- What makes the pain feel better or worse.
Also, please tell your physician or nurse about any prescription or over-the-counter medications, supplements or remedies that you take.