Pain Management

Safe and effective pain management is an important part of quality treatment at Beaumont.

With today's medicine there is no reason for anyone to tolerate any level of pain. Beaumont tailors pain management to each patient's care plan after surgery, during rehabilitation or while undergoing treatment for cancer.

Pain Management and Surgery
Before having surgery, make sure you discuss pain control options with your physician. Talk about pain control methods that have or have not worked well for you in the past. Make sure you talk about:

  • Concerns about medications
  • Medications that have not worked well
  • Allergies to any medications or drugs
  • Side effects you might experience
  • Prescription and other medications you are currently taking

Pain medications are given after surgery in one of the following ways:

  • Upon request: Ask the nurse for pain medicine as you need it.
  • Pain pills or shots given at set times: Medicine is dispensed to you certain, regular times throughout the day to keep pain under control.
  • Patient controlled analgesia (PCA): You control dosing of pain medicine by pressing a button to inject medicine through an intravenous tube in the vein.
  • Patient controlled epidural analgesia (PCEA): Continuous pain relief delivered by a tube inserted in the spine; when you press a button, the pain medicine goes into an epidural tube, which is inserted in the back.

Your physicians and nurses will want to know how your pain medicine is working and whether or not you are still experiencing pain. The physician will change the medicine, and/or dosage, if necessary.

Pain Management and Rehabilitation
Beaumont tailors rehabilitation pain management to the needs of each individual patient depending upon the specific type of pain, disease, or condition being treated. Our goal is to help get back on your feet and regain your independence as soon as possible, while improving your overall quality of life.

Pain management techniques can also help reduce chronic pain. In order to help reach these goals, pain management programs may include the following:

  • Over the counter medications such as aspirin
  • Prescription pain medicine for stronger pain relief
  • Prescription antidepressants
  • Heat and cold treatments
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Exercise
  • Local electrical stimulation
  • Nerve blocks and regional stimulation
  • Emotional and psychological support
  • Medication management
  • Assertiveness training
  • Individual and family education/counseling
  • Surgery
  • Acupuncture

Pain Management and Cancer
Quite often pain for cancer patients can be reduced or eliminated. Pain management during cancer treatment is an important topic to discuss with your doctor as soon as a diagnosis of cancer is made or suspected.

Cancer pain may depend on the type of cancer, the stage of the disease and an individual's tolerance for pain. Methods for reducing pain are classified as either pharmacological-controlled by medication - or non-pharmacological -controlled without medication.

Pain medication may be given in one or more of the following methods:

  • By mouth
  • With an inhaler, an injection or special catheter
  • Through a patch on the skin
  • Through an implanted device
  • Non-pharmacological pain management methods use ways to alter thoughts and focus concentration to better manage/reduce pain like:
    • Education about your disease and psychological conditioning.
    • Hypnosis including guided imagery, distraction and relaxation with guided imagery.

Other non-pharmacological methods may be alternative therapies such as comfort therapy, physical and occupational therapy, psychosocial therapy/counseling and neurostimulation to better manage and reduce pain.