Questions to ask about managing pain

Listed below are some questions that may be helpful when talking about managing pain caused by secondary breast cancer:

  • What pain relief drugs do you recommend for me and why?
  • How often should I take the drugs you are recommending?
  • What are the side effects of the drugs you are recommending?
  • Who should I contact if I develop side effects?
  • Are there ways I can manage the side effects?
  • Are there other ways I can help to relieve my pain?
  • Can the pain relief drugs interact with other medicines I am taking?
  • If I am taking pain relief drugs, can I drink alcohol?
  • Can I still drive while I am taking pain relief drugs?
  • Who should I contact if my pain changes/gets worse?