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Common Questions about Pain Management

Q: Should I only take pain medicine when I have bad pain?
A: Pain is easier to control when it is mild. This may mean taking your pain medicine on a regular or "scheduled" basis. You should take your pain medicine when you start to notice pain. Waiting too long can make it much harder to control.

Q: What if my pain medicine makes me sick to my stomach?
A: Sometimes pain medicine can upset your stomach. There are medicines we can use to relieve this. Sometimes your pain medicine will be changed to make this better.

Q: Will my pain medicine make me constipated?
A: Constipation is a common side effect of pain medicine. You can still take your medicine for pain. Check with your doctor or nurse about using a laxative or stool softener to prevent constipation.

Q: What if my pain medicine makes me too sleepy?
A: Pain medicine can make you drowsy at first. Often this will go away after the first few doses. Check with your doctor if drowsiness lasts longer than a couple of days.

Q: Will I become addicted to pain medicine?
A: When pain medication is used on a short-term basis to control pain, you will not become addicted to it. When your pain is controlled, you will feel better, move better and your risk of complications such as pneumonia or blood clots is greatly reduced.


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