Home Preparing for Surgery How do I describe my pain to my health care team?
How do I describe my pain to my health care team? PDF Print E-mail

Your preoperative nurse will ask you describe your pain either on a number scale or a visual scale. The number scale is based on numbers from zero to ten. By answering with a zero, you are telling the healthcare provider that you are experiencing no pain. If you are experiencing the worst pain ever, then you should tell the provider that your pain is a ten. The visual scale is based on smiles and frowns. A smile means no pain and a frown means that you are experiencing some pain. The facial expression changes based on the amount of pain that you are having. This will help us gauge how well pain relief measures are working for you so that medications can be adjusted to meet your needs.


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