We will work with you to manage your pain. We encourage you to take the pain medicine regularly. This will stop the pain from getting worse. You will only be on the pain medicine for a short time, so you will not become addicted to it.
We can give you pain medicine in different ways. See the list below. We will talk more about this at your pre-admission visit.
Epidural Pain Control
Intravenous (IV) Patient Controlled Analgesic or PCA
Intravenous (IV) Medicine
Medicine by mouth
Once you move out of the SDU, you must ask for your pain medicine. Your nurse will not be in the room with you at all times. So, you must monitor your pain and ask for medicine as you need it. Once you are on the ward, expect to continue to need the pain medicine every 3 to 4 hours for the first few days. As you heal, the pain will get less and you will not need the pain medicine as often.
Are there any side effects of pain medicine?
Some patients may have some side effects. These can include:
Tell your nurse if you have any of these side effects.
Are there any other ways to control my pain?