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Pain After Surgery (cont.)

Pain After Surgery Symptoms

Pain may be described in many ways. You may be asked to identify the following qualities of the pain:

  • Character - The type of pain, stabbing, sharp, dull

  • Location - Where the pain is

  • Duration - How long your pain lasts

  • Severity - On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 as the worst pain you have ever experienced

  • Radiation - Movement from one location to another

  • Movement of pain location

  • Things or movements that make pain better or worse

In addition to pain, tell the doctor about other associated symptoms such as the following:

  • Fever (temperature higher than 100°F [38 ºC])
  • Nausea, vomiting, or both
  • Constipation
  • Pus or discharge from the wound
  • Redness or swelling
  • Shortness of breath

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