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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Cancer- Dealing with pain

As CANCER advances, pain only increases. Treatment is almost over. Nothing much can be done now medically, only efforts to reduce the pain can be done ( Palliative Care).  Around 2/3 of the patients suffering from cancer experience acute pain. The pain is almost unbearable for the patient and is equally painful for you to see your loved one in pain. 

For treating pain, Doctors use all sorts of medicines - from simple drugs like Paracetamol (Analgesics) to Morphine (Opioids). Honestly nothing helps, but if the medicines are given timely  and in proper dosage, then they are of some help. The patient do experience some relief, if the pain has been analyzed properly and timely.

A study conducted by doctors in UK, says that Tolerance to pain can be Increased in the following ways
  • Rest 
  • Diversion
  • Physiotherapy 
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Empathy 
  • Support from family
  • Listening to Music
  • Expressing emotionally
Tolerance to pain is reduced by
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness
  • Introvert Attitude
  • Insomnia
  • Socially Cut-off
  • Fear
  • Fatigue
  • Anger
  • Mental Separation
  • Depression
Pain can be described as physical expression of social, spiritual and psychological isolation. To feel pain, one need not suffer. Dealing with pain, a lot of effort is required that too in a very organized and a sensitive way.
  • Proper Medication
  • Counseling
  • Other Therapies
  • Spiritual Support
Apart from all  of the mentioned above, support from family plays a pivotal role in making life easy for your loved ones. Talk to them, make them express, listen to them-After all you love them and this is the least you can do for them.

I love you Papa!