Frequently Asked Questions About Pain Management
Will I be pain free?
In Hospice care, you have the right to have your pain assessed and acted upon by your health care professionals. We promise attentive care. We strive to provide you with options to effectively treat your pain and prevent suffering.
What kind of pain relievers are available to treat my pain?
There are many different kinds of medications used to treat pain. These may include, but are not limited to, anti-inflammatory agents and narcotics or opioids. Additionally, co-analgesics such as muscle relaxants, anti-anxiety agents, local anesthetics, anti-convulsants, anti-depressants, or steroids may be offered.
How do I decide what pain medication to use?
Discuss this with your nurse, doctor, or pharmacist. They will give you instruction regarding how the medications work and when to take them. Be sure to report effectiveness of the medication and any side effects you may experience.
Are there alternatives to taking pain medication to control my pain?
Yes, there are many alternatives to taking pain medications. Alternative methods may include, but are not limited to, heat and cold application, massage, essential oil therapy, rhythmic breathing, guided imagery, meditation, prayer, distraction, Reiki therapy, pet therapy, and music therapy. The alternative methods may also be used in conjunction with pain medications.
What if the options offered to me do not relieve my pain?
It is very important that you tell your nurse or other health care professional if your pain treatment is not effective. Also, report any new pain you may experience. Your Hospice team of professionals will not give up. They will continue to offer other options to control your pain.