With the "pt satisfation scores" emphasis put on pain rating and relief, I feel we are pressured into the quick fix ( no pun intended) of pain meds. We are rushed as it is...now also pressured about how the floor rated this month. With that pressure, I see less time spent, ( less time available too), on other measures to control pain and increase pt comfort. Pain is real, but made worse by fear, anxiety, muscle spasms, ..... I long for the time to stay a minute or two with a pt, after medicating, to reassure, to teach and explain what effect to expect, to see if adjusting position would help, and all those other measures that really lead to a comfortable pt, and a Satisfied Customer.
Chronic pain is awful. A person's own goal may be to get down to a 3/10. At a 6/10, you may not see a wince or frown. You can't judge by the way they look. Just listen to your pt please, even if they don't look like that frowny face on the pain scale page.
I know I am much more emotive, emotional when I have acute pain then when dealing a chronic pain issue. Acute pain...I get scared and feel vulnerable. When in acute pain, i get the eye roll, she's overacting look. When my chronic pain becomes an issue, i get the skeptical look and questions. I don't show that pain much.
Don't take it personally. Just treat the pt. Thanks for letting me vent a bit here.