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Pain Management

By | December 2010
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Chronic illnesses affect middle and older aged groups. These people will live long

lives with their disease with the possibility of dying. With these diseases come

chronic pain that leads to disability and depression. This pain can interfere with

treatments and rehabilitation program. Patients and their family have to make

major life adjustments in everyday living to be able to cope and begin treatment.

Chronic illness is a difficult situation to adapt whether you are a patient or a

family member. Most patients already have feelings of guilt from the illness. They

then feel that they are a burden to family members that may have to provide for

or support them.

Some patients have friends that may turn them away in a time of need and there

are other that are willing and supportive. Most chronically ill patients like my

father who has colon and neuromuscular cancer feel helpless and are

embarrassed to ask for help because they are debilitating. Patients may become

unresponsive and unmotivated to improve their coping with illness tend to

decline in health and may have frequent hospital admissions (e.g. Stern, Pascale,

Acrurma, 1977). While at the same time those patients with positive emotions

and willingness to thrive have minor life disturbances.

In this research paper I would like to discuss the psychological, physical and

financial burdens that come along with pain management. When patients are

diagnosed with a terminal illness they are worried about the pain they will

endure and the finances to help cover their pain medications. There are some

patients like my father that will seek compensation for medications elsewhere

like a medicine man...

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