How to talk about pain
Talking about pain is difficult and often awkward. You may have fear or embarrassment about your pain but know that you should never feel ashamed to discuss it, especially with your healthcare team.
Pain is much easier to address when we can see or feel that something is wrong, but what about when the pain is invisible to others? Pain can be difficult to talk about not only because it can be hard to describe, but also because it impacts so much of your life.
It may be difficult to make your pain go away completely. What would be an okay amount of pain for you? Is there a goal or activity you would like to be able to do if your pain was better controlled? For example, someone might want to feel good enough to go ice skating or maybe sleep through the night. Talk about this with your healthcare team, because it can help set realistic goals and expectations.
It may be helpful to start a journal about your pain to help your healthcare team better understand what you are going through. Here are some questions to help you and your healthcare team better understand your pain:
What other qualities and characteristics best describe your pain? You might notice it becomes easier to talk about your pain if you know a little bit more about it. This is why it might be beneficial for you to start writing down the details of your pain. Remember your pain is unique, so let your health care team know a little bit more about it.