American Pain Foundation

Founded in 1997, the American Pain Foundation is an independent nonprofit 501(c)3 organization serving people with pain through information, advocacy, and support. Their mission is to improve the quality of life of people with pain by raising public awareness, providing practical information, promoting research, and advocating to remove barriers and increase access to effective pain management. Visit American Pain Foundation ... Read More

Are You in Pain? (18 Multi-language Pain Assessment Scales)

If English is not a patient's native tongue, one of the following 18 translations of the 0 to 10 numeric pain rating scale may be useful. Pain measurement tools can be accessed in multiple languages here at this site. Included here is a downloadable assessment form that doctors often use to help create a more complete picture of your pain, including questions regarding the effectiveness of pain medications you've taken, side effects of these medications, and the effect your pain has had on your mood, ... Read More

Controlar su Dolor — Taking Control of Your Pain, Partners Against Pain

[Managing Pain] Controlar su Dolor — Taking Control of Your Pain, Partners Against Pain Each multilingual booklet has the English version on the left-hand page, and the other language on the facing page. These booklets were developed in an effort to provide culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate resources for patients. Developed by Boston Cancer Pain Education Program - Nursing Committee, Massachusetts Division of American Cancer Society (Grant from Purdue Pharma L.P.) Obtain ... Read More

Diario de Evaluación de la Comodidad

[Comfort Evaluation]
“Diario de Evaluación de la Comodidad” – Socios contra el dolor. This spiral bound booklet is designed to help cancer patients describe the type and severity of their pain. Answers patients’ common questions about pain medication and teaches them how to record pain ratings and other symptoms on a daily basis.

Obtain from: Iowa Cancer Pain Relief Initiative, c/o Rhana Kelderman. Tel: 515-253-0147; Fax: 515-253-0806. No fee.

How To Relieve Pain Without Medicine

What Are Some of The Ways I Can Relieve Pain Without Taking Medicine? For some people, pain can be relieved without using medicine. They use relaxation, imagery, distraction, and skin stimulation. You may need the help of health professionals to learn to do these for yourself. Friends or family members can help with some of them. The techniques are also useful along with pain medicines. Information about nondrug treatments for pain also may be available at a local hospice, cancer treatment center, ... Read More

Pain Control: Dispelling the Myths

Hospice strongly advocates good pain control for terminally ill patients, even to the point of using narcotic drugs (opiates) such as morphine as they are needed. With all the concern about drug abuse, patients and their families and friends sometimes question this use of narcotics. Are we pushing "dope"? Or are we practicing good medicine? This web page explores some of the myths about the use of narcotics for pain control. Visit Pain Control: Dispelling the Myths ... Read More