Pain Care

Talk to your doctors and nurses about any pain you are experiencing.

  • Work with your care team to create a pain control plan. Let them know what pain control methods have worked in the past, including non-medical options like massage, repositioning, music, etc. If your pain control plan is working, stick to it. If it’s not, let your care team know.
  • Share any concerns about pain medication, including side effects.
  • Make your care team aware of any other medicines you take as well as any allergies to medications.
  • Help your care team “measure” your pain. You may be asked to rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10. Or, you may choose a word from a list that best describes the pain.
  • Tell the doctor or nurses about any pain that won't go away.