Uncontrolled pain is probably the most troubling symptom that can chip away at one’s quality of life. It affects all aspects of living: mobility, appetite, sleep, mood relationships and well-being.
Pain can be effectively managed with the support of your palliative care team or other healthcare providers. Sometimes medication is needed, making adjustments until the right medication and dosage is found. Often, however, other support can also be helpful whether it be talking to the social worker, working with a physiotherapist or having help with physically difficult tasks.
PALPRAC have collaborated with CANSA and PATCH to create a simple to read-and- understand guide to pain management in the home. It will help you understand what you can expect and what help to ask for. You can download the guide here.
PALPRAC have also created simple guides on the use of oral morphine. Oral morphine is affordable, available and one of the most effective medications in treating cancer pain. (Please note that morphine can only be prescribed by a registered medical doctor. Please follow their instructions carefully. The content of this guide serves as support & does not constitute medical advice).