Easing the pain

Whether caused by an illness or operation, pain can cause significant suffering, both physical and psychological. Since 2003, the HUG has been pursuing an institutional program aimed at improving the assessment, treatment and monitoring of pain. Pain caused by treatment is a key focus.

When pain persists

When it gets you down

Chronic pain is very different from the acute pain that follows an illness, an accident, an examination or even an operation. The pain frequently has a serious disturbing effect on daily life and can result in mood swings.

Ways to feel better

How do you deal with pain that remains after your treatment? There are ways:

Treating pain

Tailored to suit you

Most pain is relieved satisfactorily by combining: 

  • drugs
  • physiotherapy, massages, application of heat / cold
  • relaxation, hypnosis
  • psychotherapy
  • techniques to deaden or stimulate the nerve

Numerous drugs exist that are capable of efficiently relieving the pain (paracetamol, anti-inflammatory drugs, opiates, etc.). The treatment depends on the cause of the pain, how bad it is and what kind of pain it is, and should take into account any previous history.

What is peripheral nerve catheter anesthesia?

Peripheral nerve catheter anesthesia consists of the continuous infusion of anesthetics through a catheter (very small soft plastic tube) near the nerves involved in the area to be operated on. This type of anesthesia numbs the part of the body around the catheter so that a surgical procedure can be performed without pain. This technique also serves as an analgesic (painkiller) in the operated area and lasts during the post-operation period: the infusion of anesthetics through the peripheral nerve catheter is continued in the recovery room, your hospital room and sometimes even at home.

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Buttock pain (sciatica)

I have a pain in my buttock extending to the thigh, is this normal?

Pain that starts in the lower back and radiates to the buttock and down the leg is a sign of sciatica. It is due to compression of the sciatic nerve. In severe cases your physician may prescribe physiotherapy sessions.

Practical advice:

  • Rest, leaning back supported by cushions
  • Hot baths