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Pain & Symptom Management

Pain is a common and distressing symptom for patients on palliative care and hospice. Find information on what pain is and how it is treated.
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What is Pain?
Pain is a symptom that cannot be objectively assessed. Pain, therefore, is whatever the person experiencing it says it is.

Pain Management in Palliative Care
Pain in a complex symptom; there are several types of pain and many causes of it. Pain is also extremely personal and unique to the person experiencing it. For these reasons, pain management is also complex and deeply personal.

Management of pain in the palliative care setting has evolved a great deal in recent years. Physician's and patients often choose to take a multi-directional approach…

Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are a class of medications used to treat mild pain. They have similar properties as acetaminophen; they relieve pain and lower fevers. They differ from acetaminophen, however, because they reduce inflammation.

Alternatives to Smoking Medicinal Marijuana
The use of medicinal marijuana is increasing but smoking pot may not always be a healthy choice. What is the healthiest way to use medical marijuana?

Recognizing and Treating Breakthrough Pain
Tips for recognizing and treating breakthrough pain.

A.D.A.M. Health Encyclopedia
A.D.A.M. Health Encyclopedia

Why Would I Use Methadone?
Overview of methadone's pain-relieving properties and comparisons with morphine and other opiates.

What You Need to Know About Methadone
Find answers to your questions about the pain medication methadone, including uses, side effects and precautions.

Tips For Safe Use of Medications: Medication Safety
Medication errors, or mistakes involving medications, are so common that in the medical profession we have the “5 Rights” to help us avoid them. Find out how you can use this information to keep yourself or your loved one safe from medication errors.

Medical Marijuana
The debate over marijuana as a form of medicine is heating up as 13 states have now adopted medical marijuana laws. There are a lot of questions surrounding the issue and not enough answers. Here, we'll look at some of the most commonly asked questions about medical marijuana and the FDA approved synthetic form of Delta-9-THC, Marinol.

How Often Should I Take/Give Pain Medications?
Prescription instructs you to take pain medication every 4 hours but you don't feel pain before your next dose. Do you take it or wait until the pain comes back?

Morphine
Morphine Sulfate is considered the "gold standard" for treatment of moderate to severe pain in the palliative care and hospice setting. Learn more about it, including usage instructions and side effects.

Will I Become Addicted to Opioid Pain Medications?
Will I become addicted to opioid pain medications? Many patients with chronic pain in the palliative care and hospice setting have concerns about addiction to pain medications.

Acetaminophen
Acetaminophen, commonly known as Tylenol, is the most widely recommended and used medication for mild pain.

Demerol
Demerol is a narcotic pain reliever, also called an opioid. Learn about Demerol's uses and it's side effects.

An overview of some of the latest methods available for treating chronic pain.
An overview of some of the latest methods available for treating chronic pain.

Current Trends in Chronic Pain Management
An overview of some of the latest methods available for treating chronic pain.

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