Is there a kind way to explain to patients that we can help their pain but not make it go away completely? And they can't take 5 times the ordered dose of pain meds because "that makes it so I don't hurt" meanwhile they are killing their liver? I mean, I want to yell at them (YOU HAVE BONE GRINDING ON BONE, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE SOME PAIN NO MATTER WHAT WE DO! AND 20 VICODINS A DAY IS KILLING YOU MORON!)
Any advice is appreciated. I am not a pain management nurse (work in a clinic but see tons of people complaining of pain all the time) and we do lots of imaging, PT referrals, ortho referrals, etc, etc) but these people are driving me nuts.