Pain Management: Education
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Eastern’s Pain Management Department also provides educational information about how pain affects your well being, how to talk about your pain, how to adequately manage your pain, and how to overcome fears about pain treatment.
According to Nye, common concerns patients voice regarding pharmaceutical pain medicines include addiction, overdosing, and being on drugs forever. “The Oncology Nursing Society says there is no such thing as addiction and a cancer patient,” says Nye.
When possible, your pain specialist will increase the dose of your medication slowly to find the smallest amount that will produce a desired effect. In addition, the team typically alternates drugs to further prevent any type of physical dependency.