• Pain is a common occurrence in day-to-day life and should be managed well.
  • Remember the word ‘ICE’, where ‘I’ means putting ice pack on the injured painful area, ‘C’ stands for compression and ‘E’ stands for elevation.
  • The mantra, therefore, is to use cold compression and elevation for any injury.
  • Alternate hot and cold packs are used for chronic pain.
  • Painkillers should not be taken without a doctor’s advice.
  • If a painkiller has to be taken, it should be one tablet of paracetamol.
  • People who take alcohol should not consume paracetamol without asking their doctor.
  • In patients with kidney disease, even one tablet of painkiller can precipitate kidney failure.
  • In patients with acid peptic disease, one tablet of painkiller can precipitate gastric bleeding.
  • Instead of taking a painkiller, look for alternative methods to relieve pain.
  • Pain relieving ointments are better than oral painkillers.
  • Intravenous and intramuscular injectable painkillers are available in hospital setting.
  • Always tell your doctor that you are taking painkillers.
  • Always contact your doctor if the pain makes you uneasy, is unexplainable or appears for the first time in life.