Help to Ease Your Pain
An important part of care at UPMC Altoona is keeping your pain under control. It will help you eat better, sleep better, move around more easily and enjoy visiting with family and friends. Our staff members will be asking about your pain on a routine basis. They may ask about the location, intensity, onset, duration, variation, etc.
When describing your pain to the staff, please use the 1-10 pain scale.
Please do not wait until your pain is above the moderate range (4) and severe before you request relief. If your pain is not relieved by your medicine, or if you have any side effects, please tell your doctor or nurse so something can be done about it. Family members should advise our staff if you notice your loved one experiencing one or more of the following nonverbal indicators of pain:
The rating scale is recommended for people age 3 years and older.
Facts About Pain and Medication