Nurses Promote Pain Relief and Management, Drug Free and Patient Directed.
A nurse is taught to use non pharmacutical methods to help pain issues.
Knowledge is power, and applying knowledge to your pain situation is liberating. In a patient room the nurse comes in and gives medicine, and helps you to drink the water. After scanning the room and asking what else needs to done he leaves. If this was a pain pill then the pain is better. This is not the end of pain management. The nurse uses meds as part of managing pain. For many pts it is hugely important, after injury, surgery, or for crippling conditions. The nurse observes pain symptoms, when they happen and what makes the pain less. In records keeping the pain is evaluated as to what can improve the pts pain profile. A profile is a list of what can be done to improve the pts day to activities in relation to pain. Please note, when family, friends, and caregiving staff acknowledge the pain, this is a major factor in pain relief.
Make your curent pain managment program work even better.
Among the methods nurses use are positioning, heat and cold, nutrition, hydration and appliances to manage ambulation and movement.
Skin in good condition is more likely to be pain free. Skin free of sores and wounds has less pain. The diet is evaluated and adjusted to the needs of the person, a person with healing wounds from surgery or injury will often receive protien supplements. This improves healing and pain is better managed.
Changing positions at every 2 hours in bed or sitting will improve stiffness, and minimize skin damage and lessen pain.
Proper shoes and clothing will cut down on pressure and possible skin damage from rubbing or chafing. Proper shoe fitting can help align hips and backs to help pain to decrease. Correct shoes are critical for those who don't have a good pain response, as in diabetes and nerve damage.
Elevating swollen limbs and body areas can help the body fluids to be more evenly distrubuted in the body, alleviating pain.
Devices including braces, canes, and wheelchairs help with pain brought on by fatigue or muscle weakness.
When a visiter, family member friend, staff, or volunteer takes an interest in someone, the pain is less. Social activities and visiting away from the main living area makes a big difference. Distraction in the form of activities, reading and events, gets a persons mind focused on something other than the pain.
Pain is often worse at different times....
If you have pain after you eat, consider avoiding the food or eating it at a different time.
If you have trouble with most food causing pain then you need to see what a doctor can do to help.
Take your medicine at the right time, note the best way to use your medicine, AM dose, or take before or after meals, and when to not take it, as before tests or procedures.
Ask a medical proffessional about ineffective or unexpected reactions to your medicine.
Do you have less pain when you use a cane, or a wheelchair? Does a brace make it easier for you to move with less pain? Then consider these devices to improve your pain.
Chronic pain can be helped by frequent rest periods, a nap during the day and by noting when pain occurs, and what lessens the pain.
Take a notepad and write down when pain occurs and when pain is lessened.
You know when pain occurs, others can't feel your pain. A nurse will note when pain occurs and when pain is lessened. Then patterns can be discerned. Then what helps is incorperated into the daily routine.
One example of a woman who had chronic arthritis, in the AM she could barely rise from bed, the pain and stiffness was very bad. After discussions with her spouse she tried things that made the pain less. She was concerned about using pain medicine, she would use it if needed, but she wanted to use less medicine.
The solution was to have a family member help her into a very warm bath, in the morning, this helped the pain to lessen and her stiffness became less. Then she was able to dress herself and work at her job in a bank.
Keep a pain diary for 7 days, then try some things to minimze the pain.
Activities can be done sitting, or using aplliances in a setting to ease pain.
A father enjoyed cooking, leg and back pain made it miserable to stand at the stove and cook. He used a table top grill and electric skillet to cook what he enjoyed preparing for his family while sitting down.
Only you can decide the amount of pain you want to live with.
Many people cannot function without pain meds. Chronic pain causes untold suffering. If you are concerned about pain meds and the problems of addiction, consider ways to lessen your pain by life style changes. If you need pain medicine for a time and the problem will improve, there are weaning programs for those who recover from the condition that caused the pain.
For long term chronic pain mangement, nurses, doctors, physical therapists, and counselors can help you manage these issues.
As much as possible, each person must make decisions about how to manage pain in thier lives. You must speak up and be sure people understand what you want in pain management.