Reluctance to report pain

Concerns about "being good"

Cultural issues

Belief that suffering is deserved

Cultural issues

Our society and culture send us many messages about pain, some spoken and some not. The lessons we've learned from these messages affect how we deal with pain issues.

Our families and ethnic backgrounds can also play a role in determining how we react to pain and cope with it.

Depending on a person's background, it may be very difficult to discuss pain with someone outside the immediate family. Others may try hard to hide their discomfort in order to "protect" family members from knowing how bad the pain really is.

Reporting pain to health care professionals may be a problem for some people because of language difficulties. When this is the case, visual pain measuring scales like using colors or facial expressions can be valuable tools for communicating the intensity of the pain.

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