I Am Living

When left untreated, the effects of pain are cumulative, leaving a person tired and tense, making activity difficult and sometimes impossible. Pain can also affect the psychological, spiritual, social, and cultural aspects of life.

Even though pain is the symptom most feared by those diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, it is seldom a concern for those receiving palliative care.

As an illness progresses, different phases can present special meanings and challenges to people. After a life-limiting illness has been diagnosed, it is often possible to predict its likely course, and this can guide the health care choices (for example treatments) made by families.

Understanding what symptoms may be associated with the person’s illness can help with proactive symptom assessment and management. Identifying the impact of these symptoms on the person and their perception of them is crucial.