• Pain Killers

    Asked by BoiseB on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    Pain Killers

    Do pain killers help or hurt your chances of survival? When I get those those questions about "What is your pain level? I don't know whether to answer them truefully or not. I know that pain is a warning that something is going wrong but stopping the pain really does nothing to address the problem and pain killers do cost.

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    • carm's Avatar

      They do not affect the percentage of surviveability. Pain is subjective, it is only what the patient states it to be. They ask you to rate that pain because others might have a higher or lower threshhold for pain so some might show their pain, and others do not. Pain is a sign that something is up but it does not have to be cancer related. It can be something easily resolved with positioning or range of motion. It is the body's way of speaking to us and the goal is comfort. This cannot be achieved unless you are honest when rating your pain. There are other signs that will tell us if pain has escalated even if you state there is none. As far as the cost of pain meds, go to www.needymeds.org and you can get them either discounted or free. Just look them up by alphabetical order in either the brand or generic name sections. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar
      Clyde (Best Answer!)

      Pain is not just a sign that something is wrong, it is also a sign of healing. I rarely take pain killers (high tolerance), but did right after surgery so I could sleep. I think we have a tendency to cover the pain with meds far too much and can actually do ourselves more damage because our bodies can't warn us (pain is also a warning). When they asked me to rate the pain, I would consider how much I was able to tolerate and go from there. If you don't feel you need the pain killers, don't take them. The doctors are asking because being comfortable is important for healing as it will drain you emotionally if you are in too much pain, keep you from sleeping, make life unbearable, etc. I also think we over medicate in a lot of ways and become dependent when we don't need too. But I would have some pain killers on hand for those times when you need them, just don't feel you have to take them because they were offered. As Carm said, they have no effect on survival.

      over 3 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      After my surgery, the nurses were adament that I make use of the pain killers - they help your body relax and heal BETTER. Now, what's interesting is that there are some pain killers that should not be used in certain circumstances. For example, no ibuprofen when trying to heal a bone and no aspirin in combination with certain drugs and no tylenol when ... etc.

      SO - please ask your health care team to carefully review all of your drugs so that you know what can be used when. And some can be used in combination - which is also true of the anti-nausea drugs. A pharmaceutical consult can help you figure out what can be taken with what and when etc....

      A hard thing for me to learn was to be completely honest about every side effect. I love living in denial of pain... but when it came to pain associated with my treatment - I learned that honest was far superior because then those issues could be directly addressed / discussed.

      I hope this helps. I'm sorry you are struggling with pain right now.

      over 3 years ago
    • Richardc's Avatar

      I would answer the questions truthfully. It is subjective, but relates to how your body is handling the surgery or treatments. The doctors are there to help you get through what you are going through.

      over 3 years ago

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