For Families & Patients

Palliative care supports people with a life-limiting illness and their families to live, die and grieve well.
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Pain relief

Pain is very distressing and makes it difficult to enjoy life. It is important to speak up about any pain, and your fears about pain, so you can be helped. New pain should always be reported to your doctor.

Palliative care staff help you to be as free from pain as possible and to keep any pain to a minimum.

Medicines are available to control pain safely without causing addiction or hastening death.

Take pain medication on time as advised by your doctor. Waiting until the pain gets worse may make it harder to provide good relief. Some medications can have side effects like nausea and constipation, which can be treated.

If medicine does not relieve your pain as expected, talk to your palliative care team or doctor so they can find the best solution for you. In some cases, surgery or radiotherapy may be used to control pain.

Back supports, bed cradles to keep bedclothes off sore spots, ripple mattresses that relieve pressure, hot or cold packs and meditation can help manage pain. If you find it hard to get comfortable, ask to speak with a physiotherapist.



About pain and the help available

This leaflet answers frequently asked questions relating to pain and pain management.  It also explains how your doctor and palliative care team can help you manage your pain and improve your quality of life.

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