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Pain Management

Special Note: Be sure to follow any specific post-op instructions from your surgeon or nurse.

Once you're home, you may have some pain, since even minor surgery causes swelling and breakdown of tissue. When it comes to effective pain management, the tips you learned in the hospital also work at home. To get the best pain relief possible, remember these points:

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Use your medication only as directed

  • If your pain is not relieved or if it gets worse, call your doctor.

  • If pain lessens, try taking your medication less often.

Remember that medications need time to work

  • Most pain relievers taken by mouth need at least 20-30 minutes to take effect.

  • Take pain medication at regular times as directed. Don't wait until the pain gets bad to take it.

Time your medication

  • Try to time your medication so that you take it before beginning an activity, such as dressing or sitting at the table for dinner.

  • Taking your medication at night may help you get a good night's rest.

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Eat lots of fruit and vegetables

  • Constipation is a common side effect with some pain medications. Eating fruit and vegetables can help.

  • Drink lots of fluids.

  • Avoid laxatives unless your surgeon has prescribed them for you.

Avoid drinking alcohol while taking pain medication

  • Mixing alcohol and pain medication can cause dizziness and slow your respiratory system. It can even be fatal.

  • Avoid driving or operating machinery while taking pain medication.

Publication Source: American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Publication Source: National Women's Health Resource Center

Online Source: American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Online Source: National Women's Health Resource Center

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T00:00:00-06:00

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+30,240 Patients Treated
35 Years in Practice

Physician Assistants

Physician Assistants

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Pain Therapy Associates
Tel: 847-352-5511
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455 South Roselle Road, Suite 104
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