Working to Keep You Free of Pain
- Regularly ask you about your pain, including its severity, location and duration.
- Discuss with you your treatment options and create a pain management plan.
- Regularly ask you if you pain medication is working.
We Ask That You Please:
- Tell us whenever you have pain. Describe it in detail and use the pain scale to report intensity.
- Take pain medication when the pain first starts.
- Report any side effects you think you are having.
- Ask us any questions you have about your pain medication.
Please be as detailed as possible about the pain as we ask you the following questions:
- How does your pain feel? Possible answers include aching, stabbing, tender, numb, dull, crampy, throbbing, gnawing, burning, penetrating, miserable, radiating, deep, shooting, sharp, exhausting, unbearable, nagging, squeezing, pressure.
- Where is your pain?
- Is the pain always there or does it come and go?
- What makes the pain worse and what makes it better?
- How does the pain affect your sleep, appetite, energy, activity, relationships or mood?
- Are you experiencing other symptoms with your pain, such as nausea, constipation, vomiting, itching, sleepiness or difficulty breathing?
- How would you rate your pain using the following scale?
0 No Pain
1 - 2 Mild Pain
3 - 4 Moderate Pain
5 - 6 Severe Pain
7 - 8 Very Severe Pain
9 - 10 Worst Possible Pain