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Pain can only be defined by the person who is feeling it. Understanding your pain helps your care team treat it and know whether treatments you try are working.
To be in pain means to hurt or suffer. Your pain may be something you feel in your body, such as aches, tightness or muscle cramps, or a feeling related to your emotions, your spirit or your mind. In any case, the way pain feels is unique to the person with pain.
It is important for you to report pain to your health care provider or hospice team. Understanding your level of pain helps them know what treatments to try and whether the treatments you have tried are working for you.
Click the arrow to scroll through the questions your doctor or hospice team may ask you about pain.
There are pain rating scales to help you describe what you feel. Ask about a pain rating scale that will fit your needs.
Knowing what part of your body hurts helps your health care provider or hospice team know what may be causing it and how to treat it. When you have an advanced illness, the source of your pain may be harder to pinpoint than when you have an injury like a broken bone.
Tell your health care provider or hospice team about any new pain so they can choose treatments. Has it moved to a new spot, or does it feel different? There are several kinds of pain, and they respond to different treatments and medicines.
You might use some of these words for your pain: shooting, dull, burning, constant, squeezing, aching, pressure, gnawing, stabbing or deep.
If pain is disrupting your normal activities, tell your health care provider or hospice nurse. They can try to plan ways to relieve pain so you can do the things you enjoy.
Knowing what makes pain worse, such as moving, coughing or repositioning your body, tells your health care providers what may help make the pain more tolerable.
Knowing what brings relief from pain helps your health care providers understand what is causing it and how to treat it.
Knowing how well a medication is working for you tells your health care providers or hospice team whether the dose is correct or needs to be adjusted.
You might notice unwanted effects when you first start taking a medication, or if a dose needs to be increased. Tell your doctor or hospice team if side effects of your medications are making you uncomfortable.
There are many ways to manage your pain. If you are receiving palliative or hospice care from Agrace, we will assess your pain during each visit. We try to find the reason for the pain and work with you to develop a plan to help you get pain relief. Click the “+” to learn more.
A medication may be prescribed to treat your pain. Your doctor or hospice nurse will discuss this with you.
Pain medication can have side effects, such as feeling dizzy, itchy, sleepy or queasy. Ask your doctor or hospice nurse what to expect. Here are the most common side effects:
Agrace Hospice Care patients: If you think you are having side effects from pain medication, call Agrace any time of day or night; we will talk with you about what is happening, how to get relief and whether you should keep taking the medication.
Beyond medications, there are other ways to lessen pain. Ask your health care provider or Agrace team about these:
If you are an Agrace Hospice Care patient, talk to your Agrace care team anytime you have concerns about pain, medications, side effects or other treatments for pain. You can call us any time of day or night if you are uncomfortable and need relief urgently.
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