The emotional impact of pain
Pain can affect your mood. For example, you may feel worried about being in pain, have trouble eating or sleeping, or find it hard to concentrate on other things. Your mood can also affect your pain. Lack of sleep and feeling anxious, depressed, or worried can make pain feel worse. Your mind and body work together and influence each other, and both may need help to manage your pain.
Getting help for pain early on can help you deal with it better. Talk to your nurse about how you are feeling. Being open with them will help them support you better. They can answer your questions, find ways to manage the pain and help you deal with it. Your doctor or nurse should regularly check how the symptoms of pancreatic cancer, including pain, are affecting you emotionally. They should offer you information and support to help you deal with pancreatic cancer.
It’s really important to tell your doctor or nurse about any changes to your pain, so that they can make sure you have the right pain relief. Don’t stop taking your pain relief or change your dose without speaking to your medical team first.
Palliative care or supportive care teams are experts at supporting people with cancer. They can help manage pain and other physical symptoms. They can also support you with emotional symptoms, such as depression and anxiety.
You could try finding things that distract you from pain. For example, you could try a hobby, reading a book, watching television or listening to music. Talking to family and friends may also help.
Finding ways to relax can help with managing pain. You could try relaxation techniques like meditation and mindfulness, or complementary therapies.
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