Many people don’t like to complain about pain. However, it’s important to report any new or worsening pain so that doctors can find the most likely cause and recommend the best way of managing it.
Tips for describing pain
When describing pain, try to give the healthcare team as much information as possible.
Some people find it helpful to keep a diary, noting the times of the day when pain gets better or worse.
What to consider when describing cancer pain
|Question||What to think about|
|Where is the pain?||
|What’s the pain like?||
|How bad is the pain?||
|Does anything make the pain get better?||
|Does anything make the pain worse?||
|Is the pain there all the time?||