Quote from elthia
Some studies say deep breathing helps for acute pain
...some say it doesn't.It is used widely chronic pain
,and has evidence to prove it works there. I use it with pt's whose BP is too low to give pain meds to sometimes, or with pt's who are on the tranplant list who have chronic angina that can't receive any more IV nitroglycerin/pain meds and are still having pain, but are quite ready for ICU tx. It does increase pt satisfaction, and along with guided imagery does put the pt back into some control over their pain vs the pain controlling the pt.
Also, in a pt who has a PCI site or graft that has blown, and you are trying to keep them from vagaling, deep breathing really helps keep them from bearing down when you are holding lots of pressure on that groin site.
The breathing brought up on this thread was in regards to acute pain - and procedures
. (I have found that the panting can help with acute pain) Not diagnoses.
I often have to keep myself from having vasovagal BP dumps from dysautonomia- and breathing does help that.
IME, if someone comes in and wants me to do guided imagery while they're drilling a hole in my pelvis, I'd think they were a royal dingbat. (fortunately, lidocaine takes care of the bone marrow biopsy pain well enough- is it perfect, no- but I wouldn't expect anything to completely remove that discomfort).
I have a LOT of chronic pain- and it doesn't work for a lot of people, or we'd all be running around with dopey grins thinking about being at the beach...
I've tried a lot of things- and short of a sledge hammer "guided" upside my head, it doesn't help. Now, once there is some element of pain relief, distraction
can help ME with keeping it from getting worse as quickly- but I'm one broad who strongly disagrees with the idea that patients could only have less pain if they tried harder. And no pain control/relief works for everyone
Please don't lump 'everyone' into the increased satisfaction group w/chronic pain....
A study of 40 patients hardly supports anything. IMO. You can't get a McDonalds' survey to mean anything with only 40 customers.
The second one said there was no difference in pain control- just patient satisfaction- maybe because someone spent time with them so they felt they were being taken seriously?????