Pain Management

BSA provides proactive, patient-focused pain management services. Our specialized team of physicians, nurses, and pharmacists are available daily to provide the safest and most effective method of pain control for our patients. You can request a pharmacy pain consultation through your nurse. They are available Monday-Friday 8am-5pm to review your pain medication and how your pain is controlled.

Pain causes a wide range of debilitations, including difficulties with eating and sleeping and feelings of sadness and depression. To combat these problems, our pain management team works with a patient’s physician to develop an individualized pain control plan. You have the right to help plan your care. To help with this plan, you must learn about your pain, what is causing it, and how it can be treated. You can then discuss treatment options with your caregivers. Work with them to decide what care will be used to treat you. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

Our goal is to provide you with very good pain management

A Pain Scale similar to the one shown here will be used to help us assess and manage any pain that you may experience. Pain or discomfort is sometimes an inevitable part of surgical and post-operative care. Throughout your stay, you will be asked often to rate your level of discomfort on a scale ranging from zero to ten with zero representing no pain and ten representing severe or intolerable pain. We will use your responses to help us provide medication and other measures designed to keep you comfortable.  You can help us manage your pain by being an active participant.

How you can help: Remember, medication and other treatments can almost always relieve pain to a tolerable level. Please do not suffer in silence or "gut it out." Let us know as soon as you are experiencing pain and allow us to assess and treat it. Don't be afraid of becoming addicted to your pain medicine. That is unlikely over the course of your short hospital stay. Don't worry about being a "complainer." You have the right to ask for pain relief, and the sooner you speak up, the better. It is much easier to control pain before it becomes severe.

What are the different types of pain?

  • Pain may be acute or chronic.
  • Acute pain is short-lived and lasts less than 3 months. Caregivers help first work to remove the cause of the pain, such as fixing a broken arm. Acute pain can usually be controlled or stopped with pain medicine.
  • Chronic pain lasts longer than 3 to 6 months. This kind of pain is often more complicated. Caregivers may use medicine along with other treatments, like self-hypnosis and relaxation to help you learn to deal with chronic pain.

The best way to decrease pain is to treat the cause of the pain. Almost all types of pain, including cancer pain, can be controlled with medicine and other treatments. It may not be possible to get rid of your pain completely. But, it is possible to lower the pain level so you can live and be comfortable enough doing everyday things. You and your caregiver will work together to find what pain control treatments are best for you. Always tell your caregiver if the pain gets worse.

Remember:

  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions
  • Report any and all medications you are taking to your doctor.
  • Report any allergies and side effects to your doctor, nurse, and/or pharmacist.
  • Be specific when describing your pain.
  • We are here to help you maintain your pain at a comfortable level.