We had extensive pain managament seminars at our facility, and pain is pain is pain... the biggest moaners and goroaners for me, are those having pain Id call a 4, but they say is a 10. Ok, its their perception. I get that. And when I have a person who is showing no visible signs of pain, we start investigating, and finding alternate measures... Pinpoint the pain, describe it to me. If you could point to the center of it with the head of a pin, where would it be?
how about some non narcotic measures? turning & positioning? excersizing? massage(out building has it) Lidocaine patches? or longer acting meds to decrease on the # of injections a day. Non narc. meds?
Im in pain alot during the course of a month. I only work part time, as sometimes I cant walk, and sleeping too long in the same position is torturous for me with my spine problems, even on a sleep number bed. But I still do my stuff, take care of a 2 & 3 year old, and only my closest friends can see it in my eyes....today is a bad day. I dont wear pain on my sleeve, and really appreciate it when my husb. sees what im going through, and comes to me with meds I havent asked for, but he knows I need. Im the prime example of not showing pain. I see it as weakness in myself(yeah, i need help with that one). Thats just he way it is with me. And maybe with your patient. Maybe then you'll find that he/she had someone in their lives who lived in pain, and never complained, and learned from that example.
I hot hit with the re-coil of a fully stretched bungee cord, and the metal hook grabbed my leg.. I only yelled 1 word, and said no more. It wasnt a pretty word, but it was only 1.
Sorry if Im rambling, but pain is something I really understand from acute to chronic, and you just cant judge anothers pain.
yes, I truly believe there are drug seekers out there, but you need to do the investigating and offering of alternatives before the lable is laid. someone who dosent wanna try new things to do a better job of alleviating pain, is prolly enhancing their number, someone who will try anything to get rid of pain..is another story.
Dont get 'enraged' ......get activated.