Your nurses will check on you when you are having pain. They will ask you to rate your pain (give your pain a number) on a 0 to 10 scale. A rating of 0 means you have no pain, 5 means you feel a medium amount of pain, and 10 means you feel the worst pain you can imagine. Your nurse may also use another pain rating scale called the FACES scale, and ask you to point to the face that best shows how much pain you are having.
Parents: if your child is unable to rate his/her pain using a number, there are other pain scales that the nurses or doctors can use to help decide how much pain your child is having.
You may have a lot of pain, especially when you move or cough, that is not helped by pushing the PCA button. If so, you can let your doctor or nurse know, so that you can receive more pain medicine.