Palliative care represents a fundamental pillar within the medical field, focusing on improving the quality of life for patients facing serious or terminal illnesses.
Within this approach, pain management (also known as Algology) emerges as a crucial aspect, capable of making a significant difference in the lives of those in this stage.
Pain, as a human experience, can profoundly impact the quality of life. It can limit the ability to carry out daily activities, affect emotional state, cognitive ability, and communication, and even disrupt essential functions like eating and sleeping. However, when pain is addressed appropriately, we can elevate the quality of life and decrease suffering in this sensitive stage.
Within palliative care, opioids are the most common medications used to fight pain. The most common ones include morphine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, levorphanol, and methadone.
It is crucial to administer these analgesics routinely to ensure their effectiveness. Algology specialists, known as Algologists, play a vital role in properly administering and controlling these medications.
Understandably, concerns arise regarding analgesics, primarily due to issues we hear about dependency and addiction. However, it's essential to remember that addiction does not threaten those in palliative care.
These medications are administered with extreme care by specialized Algologists, minimizing risks and ensuring the patient's clarity in maintaining effective communication with their loved ones.
Beyond medications, other techniques can alleviate pain, such as guided visualization, therapeutic touch, acupuncture, massages, pet therapy, music or art therapy, and heat and cold therapy.
The active participation of the patient holds significant meaning in pain control. They must communicate any discomfort or side effects to the palliative care staff. Likewise, family members provide crucial support by ensuring the timely administration of medications and contributing to pain documentation.
Effective pain management within palliative care is fundamental for elevating the patient's quality of life. At the Pain Management Clinic, under the direction of Dr. Anna Gisse López Uribe, patients can rely on empathetic and professional treatment addressing their individual needs.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you'd like more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Anna Gisse López Uribe at BlueNetHospitals. We're here to support you and your loved ones in this delicate stage.
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