Pain and Symptom Management

A serious illness is often associated with pain, fatigue and other symptoms. Palliative care can help by treating the symptoms medically, with drugs that may relieve pain, anxiety and other sources of stress and discomfort. What medical treatment you receive will depend on many factors, such as your condition, specific circumstances and wishes. Some of the more common symptoms managed by Baptist Health Palliative Care include:

  • Anxiety
  • Congestion, coughing and other respiratory issues
  • Constipation and diarrhea
  • Delirium (agitation)
  • Depression
  • Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
  • Edema (swelling)
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pain

Integrative Therapies for Palliative Care Patients

In addition to your medical treatment, you and your doctor may opt for palliative integrative therapies designed to help alleviate stress and anxiety. This may include:

  • Massage therapy
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Healing Touch
  • Reiki Therapy