The University Health Service (UHS) is committed to providing excellent care. Preventing and treating your pain or discomfort are important aspects of your care. This fact sheet provides information on how to prevent and manage any pain that you may have.
Pain is an uncomfortable feeling that comes from injury, disease, or damage to your body. Pain is your body's way of sending a warning to your brain. When your body gets hurt, signals are sent along nerves into your spinal cord and up to your brain. Pain medicine blocks these signals to your brain so the pain can be relieved or decreased.
Sometimes pain is a nuisance, or it may, in fact, be a signal that something serious is wrong. Pain that is not treated may cause you to feel anxious, depressed, tired, or moody.
Pain can often be controlled with good assessment, planning, and patient/family input. Become a partner with your primary care provider by discussing:
Pain is personal. Your input is the key to getting the best pain relief. To assess the intensity of your pain, we often use a scale such as the one below:
Using a pain scale to report your pain can help your primary care provider (PCP) know how well your treatment is working and whether to make any changes in your plan of care. Contact your PCP as soon as pain begins or if the pain does not go away after treatment. Your PCP will take actions to help you feel better and will check to make sure the action(s) is working.
Medicines to relieve pain can be given in the form of pills, patches, or injections in a vein. There are many different types of pain medicine, and they all work in different ways. If you have pain, your primary care provider will work with you to find the pain medicine that will work best for you.
Your primary care provider will discuss with you the risks and benefits of any pain medicine you choose to take. Ask questions if you have any concerns. Sometimes, it is best to combine medicines or to change the dosage or method of giving the medicine in order to relieve the pain.
Participate fully in planning how to manage your pain. Check with your primary care provider about:
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