Palliative care is comfort care given to a patient with an illness that cannot be cured. It is normal for someone who is sick to sometimes feel uneasy, restless, afraid, or anxious. A thought, pain, or trouble breathing may trigger these feelings. Comfort care helps the patient cope with these feelings.
You might feel:
Your body may express what you are feeling with:
Think about what worked in the past. What helps when you feel anxious? Here are some things that might help.
What happened when this feeling started? Can you do something about that? Did it start with a pain, and you can take pain medicine?
Use the energy of the feeling to do something, such as:
Do something to help you relax, such as:
Here are some things you might do to prevent feeling anxious:
Many people find they can prevent or manage these feelings if they can talk to someone they trust.
Your health care provider can give you medicines to help with these feelings. Do not be afraid to use them the way they were prescribed. If you have questions or concerns, ask.
Call your doctor when you have:
Updated by: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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