Palliative care - managing pain
End of life - pain management; Hospice - pain management
Palliative care is a holistic approach to care that focuses on treating pain and symptoms and improving quality of life in people with serious illnesses.
When you Have Pain
Pain that is always or almost always present can lead to lack of sleep, depression, or anxiety. These can make it harder to do things or go places, and harder to enjoy life. Pain can be stressful for you and your family. But with treatment, pain can be managed.
How Pain is Measured
First, your provider will find out:
- What is causing the pain
- How much pain you have
- What your pain feels like
- What makes your pain worse
- What makes your pain better
- When you have pain
You can tell your provider how much pain you have by measuring it on a scale from 0 (no pain) to 10 (the worst pain possible). You choose the number that describes how much pain you have now. You can do this before and after treatments, so you and your health care team can tell how well your treatment works.