Pain Management: Quality of Life
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Pain control and quality of life
Unrelieved pain can affect every area of your life, including eating, sleeping, activity, mood, concentration, and your immune system. Not only can pain itself make you tired, but pain medications can make you feel sedated and fatigued. Your pain specialist will strive to seek a balance between relieving your pain and maintaining your quality of life.
“My goal is to get patients to be able to sit in a movie house and watch an entire movie in the dark [without falling asleep]. We want to control their pain, but also help them function in everyday life—drive, work, take care of their kids, and so on,” Nye says.
With proper pain management techniques, it is possible to get relief from cancer pain. This, in turn, can help you sleep and eat better, enjoy the company of family and friends, and continue with your work and hobbies. “If we do it right, which we do, we can balance pain control and quality of life,” Nye says.