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...