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What is Pain?

"Pain is an uncomfortable feeling that tells you something may be wrong in your body. Pain is your body’s way of sending a warning to your brain. Your spinal cord and nerves provide the pathway for messages to travel to and from your brain and the other parts of your body."

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality

Pain Management Goals

At Mercy Medical Center, you can work with your nurses and doctors before and after surgery to prevent and alleviate pain.

Pain control can help you:

  • Reduce your length of hospital stay.
  • Improve your level of comfort.
  • Achieve greater results. People whose pain is well controlled often report a faster recovery after surgery.

Bill of Rights for Patients with Pain

As a patient in the hospital, we expect that you will:

  • Ask your doctor or nurse what to expect regarding pain and pain management.
  • Discuss pain relief options with our doctors and nurses.
  • Work with your doctor and nurse to develop a pain management plan.
  • Ask for pain relief when pain first begins.
  • Help your doctor and nurses assess your pain.
  • Tell your doctor or nurse if your pain is not relieved.
  • Tell your doctor or nurse any worries you have about taking pain medications.
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