Transcription textuelle de la BD Pain – Indicating and relieving pain

What is pain ?

Pain is an unpleasant feeling.

I feel fine.

I’m in pain.

Pain can be mild or acute.

It is important to say :

  • when I am in pain,
  • when I’m scared

People can help me feel less pain or less scared.

How do I say I am scared or in pain ?

I can talk.

I can show where I’m in pain.

  • On my body
  • On a drawing

I can use my communication binder.

I can show if I have mild, average or very acute pain on a scale.

There are different scales :

  • A graduated scale,
  • the smiley scale,
  • a progressive scale.

I can go to the doctor with my scale.

I can also show how scared I am with :

  • A graduated scale,
  • the smiley scale,
  • a progressive scale.

I can go to the doctor with my scale

To feel less pain

The doctor can give me medication, for example :

  • Pills : I swallow them with a little water.
  • Syrup : I drink it.
  • A suppository. I insert it in my anus. I can do it alone. I can ask someone to do it for me.
  • A patch. It is kind of like a bandage, but with medication. I keep it on for several days.
  • An IV drip. The medication is in a liquid and goes directly into my blood. For more information, see the document on IV DRIPS.

How to feel less pain during care

The pain is not as strong if I am not scared.

To help me :

  • the doctor explains things to me using simple words,
  • a person that I know can stay with me.

The pain is not as strong when I am relaxed.

I sit down comfortably :

  • On a chair,
  • on a bed.

I breathe calmly :

  • I breathe in, my stomach inflates,
  • I breathe out, my stomach deflates.

At the hospital, I can have MEOPA. I breathe into a mask during the treatment. I feel calmer.

I can get hypnosis.

For more information, see the document on MEOPA.

The pain is not as strong when I think about something else.

For example, I can :

  • talk to the person I’m with,
  • listen to music,
  • watch a movie.
  • play,
  • draw,
  • look at a book.

How to avoid pain during care

I can get local anesthesia so that I don’t feel any pain.

With some anesthetic pomade : it needs to be applied two hours before the treatment.

Or with an anesthetic patch : it need to be put on two hours before the treatment.

With a shot to numb the pain. The shots numbs my skin. The doctor can perform the treatment : I no longer feel any pain.

I can be completely put to sleep :

with general anesthesia. For more information, see the booklet GENERAL ANESTHESIA.

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The creation of this tool was made possible with the support of:

  • la Fondation Handicap Malakoff Humanis
  • la Fondation de France
  • la mairie de Paris
  • l’Assurance maladie
  • la Caisse nationale de solidarité pour l’autonomie
  • Santé publique France

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