Temple Tips

Managing Pain

"A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world." John 16:21


            Pain is a symptom and the cause should be determined and treated if possible.  It can make you short of breath, increase your heart rate, make you nauseous, "see stars", or feel faint.   Acute pain can be short lived like when you stub your toe on the foot of the bed; debilitating for the moment, but resolves quickly.  Acute pain can last a few days like after a mild injury (sprain, kitchen burn, abrasion) and can be treated with first aide measures such as rest, ice, compression, light bandage, and/or elevation.  Acute pain can indicate onset of illness which may require medical attention, and resolves as you recover from the illness.  Acute pain can last weeks, or more perhaps, after surgery or serious injury, and may need medication for good control so that you are able to get around to take care of yourself, sleep and eat.  How we perceive and  deal with pain varies.  On one end of the spectrum you don't want to experience any discomfort and require more interventions for pain control.  One the other end of the spectrum you are tolerant of the discomfort and choose to "tough it out" without treatment.  There are many ways to treat pain that are sometimes used in combination for best effect.  Long term pain that started acutely can lead to chronic pain.  You should talk to your health care provider if your pain does not resolve.  And by the way, expired pain medication, if you have any should be disposed of as the effectiveness cannot be depended on. 

Amy Gray, Parish Nurse