DEFINITIONS OF SOME EXPRESSIONS YOUR DOCTOR MAY USE - YOUR CANCER, YOUR LIFE (PAIN) PART 2

So here's what we can do about it. Read this section and make sure you are not ignorant about pain control. You will need to understand a fair bit about the use of painkillers yourself in order to get good pain relief. You may even have to teach your doctors and nurses something! I know it is frightening to think that your doctors and nurses may not know everything, but I believe you will be best able to deal with any pain you have if you accept this possibility. Those of you who don't have this problem, whose doctors and nurses do understand how to use painkillers effectively, will probably still find this section helpful and interesting. For the rest of you, this section is absolutely essential.
If you are in a lot of pain right now, I suggest you ask a trusted friend or relative to read this section and help you to carry out some of my suggestions. You will have very little energy to spare until your pain is effectively treated, so ask for help.
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