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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 Agrace team. Understanding your level of pain helps us know what treatments to try and whether the treatments we have tried are working for you. Click the arrow to scroll through the questions your team may ask you about pain.
There are pain rating scales to help you describe what you feel. Ask your nurse about a pain rating scale that will fit your needs.
If the nurse knows what part of your body hurts, it helps us know what may be causing it and how to treat it.
Tell us about any new pain so we 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.
Some examples are shooting, dull, burning, constant, squeezing, aching, pressure, gnawing, stabbing or deep.
If pain is disrupting your normal activities, tell your nurse. We 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 nurse what may help make the pain more tolerable.
Knowing what brings relief from pain helps your nurse understand what is causing it and how to treat it.
Knowing how well a medication is working for you tells your nurse whether the dose is correct or needs to be adjusted.
You might notice unwanted side effects when you first start taking a medication, or if a dose needs to be increased. Tell your Agrace team if side effects of your medications are making you uncomfortable.
There are many ways to manage your pain. An Agrace team member will assess your pain during each visit 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 The Agrace nurse will discuss this with you.
Pain medication can have side effects, such as feeling dizzy, itchy, sleepy or queasy. Ask your nurse what to expect. Here are the most common side effects:
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 Agrace team about these:
Talk to your Agrace team if you have concerns about pain, medications, side effects or other treatments for pain.