Chronic unprocessed pain is incapacitating, it considerably affects a patient’s ability to contribute in daily routines and in some cases takes away their will to live. Unfortunately many people are suffering chronic pain needlessly. This in part, due to them not being made conscious of the importance of pain management medication and being exposed the simple tools necessary to achieve it. Lack of knowledge concerning the benefits and side effects of available medication is also a factor.Chronic Pain Relief Management  for Cancer Patients

A lot of patients join together morphine and methadone with drug addiction and are reluctant to take it due to their belief that it will cause them to become “high” or sedated, this and their attempts to brave out the pain, results in their pain spirally out of control. This could be prevented if they were informed that chronic pain effectively “uses up” medication and that these drugs when taken for the relief of pain associated with cancer, can dramatically reduce both the occurrence and intensity of pain, without causing sedation.

Not long after my husband’s terminal cancer diagnosis, I observed that regardless of his medication, he was in considerable pain and this upset me greatly – determined to help him, I turned to the internet to learn about the progressive symptoms of his disease, the pain he would experience and methods available to control it.

One of the most important things I learned, was that in order to obtain the best possible pain relief medication must be taken at regular prescribed times, regardless of whether pain is or isn’t present, successfully keeping in front of the pain.

There are different types of pain and that not all pain responds to the same medication; and how to measure strength of pain and encouraged Brian to communicate to me – the type of pain he was experiencing and its intensity by using a pain scale. Brian soon realized the benefits of this – It was an enormous relief for him- to know that I understood what he was experiencing and more importantly – that I could do something about it.

Despite the large amount of methadone Brian was taking; he remained active and alert, drove his car for eighteen months after diagnosis and was able to continue going fishing, which was the passion of his life. Keeping him out of pain became the reason for my existence and I was vigilant in giving him his pain management treatment medication at prescribed times.

Knowledge is the key to better quality of life, not only for the cancer patient but for those who care for them. My understanding of the stages and symptoms of Brian’s disease, allowed for me to be one step ahead of its progression and gave me the opportunity to have medication and later, physical aids such as oxygen, wheelchair etc – on hand BEFORE Brian needed them. This alleviated much of the fear, pain and uneasiness he would or else have suffered.

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