What is Pain Control?

Dr. Sing-Ong, Lee, Director of Department of Anesthesiology, Hsinchu Cathay General Hospital


Since 1995, the World Health Organization (WHO) has included "pain" as the fifth sign of life, after respiration, pulse, blood pressure, and body temperature. Although it is often said in Taiwan that "suffering is nourishing" and "enduring pain is the only way to be a man," these ideas are not applicable in the context of surgical and postsurgical pain. Doctors emphasize that if postsurgical pain relief is not taken seriously, persistent pain can bring many side effects, which not only lengthen the time needed for recovery, but also reduce the patient’s overall quality of life. It can even be fatal in some dangerous cases!

Pain generally causes sympathetic arousal, resulting in higher blood pressure, a faster heart rate, and higher blood sugar. Many people want to avoid post-operative pain, and some patients even delay their treatment beyond the optimal time because they are afraid of postoperative pain. This shows the importance of pain control in medical treatment.

In the past, patients suffering from post-operative pain were often hesitant to get out of bed for the first two days of their hospital stays because of their pain. This could lead to wound adhesions, delayed deflation, slow recovery, and prolonged hospitalization. Nowadays, there are a variety of pain management options available. As long as you learn more about them and choose the one that best fits your situation, you can enjoy a pleasant, pain-free medical experience. POSTED FROM Health Care Network https://www.healthnews.com.tw/article/39303

POSTED FROM Health Care Network https://www.healthnews.com.tw/article/39303