- Question from Rita: What signs indicate pain is out-of-control?
Every person with pain can identify a pain intensity score that s/he feels is acceptable. By "acceptable," I mean this pain intensity does not interfere with normal daily activities or quality of life.
If you feel that your quality of life is affected—you're no longer able to be active, you no longer enjoy life, you feel sadness or anxiety, and you have decreased functioning—then you know that things are out-of-control. It can be the physical pain out-of-control or the emotional component of the pain that's also out-of-control and needs to be addressed.
- Jennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H. Sometimes we need permission to talk freely about just how much pain we're experiencing. Working with a doctor and nurse and other provider you trust can give you that permission. It can take a great deal of strength to admit that you're in pain.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Pain Management: Getting the Relief YOU Need featuerrd Neal Slatkin, M.D., Michelle Rhiner, N.P. and moderator Jennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H. answering your questions about the best ways to deal with the physical pain and discomforts associated with breast cancer and breast cancer treatment.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in January 2004.
The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.
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