Pain management session eight.
This week’s session was about medication. It was presented by the pain management specialist nurse. Being a nurse prescriber myself, it was clear that she was highly experienced, knew what she was talking about and she was up to date with all the latest evidence. She also understood the myths. She was able to explain how these come about and the reasons they should be ignored, which was useful.
She started by asking us what we were taking for pain, a few suggestions were put forward. She explained the different groups of medication they come from, briefly how they worked and the side effects.
The discussion was informal and non specific but informative. She explained that there are no pain relief treatments that would ever completely stop pain and you should only expect about 50% efficacy. I think most people were surprised at this admission which demonstrates public expectations.
At the end of the talk she offered to speak privately with anyone who had questions about their own pain treatments. A few people took the opportunity to talk to her.
We went on to do a form of yogic relaxation which focuses on anatomical areas. I’ve done some guided relaxation. This was quite different but just as effective. Unfortunately I was having muscle jerks all the way through. It’s a good job everyone had their eyes closed, otherwise it may have been a bit embarrassing.
We finished with our exercise session. I haven’t been able to increase the repetition due to the flare ups but I haven’t got any worse and nobody is judging our effort or ability. The exercise is always a good giggle and nobody takes themselves too seriously.
Only two weeks left now, it’s gone so quickly, I’ll miss it when it ends!