When people are diagnosed with a severe medical issue their attention is usually directly focused upon it. And the same is usually true for the patient’s loved ones as well. Even doctors will usually focus on the underlying medical condition to the exclusion of anything else. Everyone is usually in agreement about this course of action right at the start.
But patients usually find that focus drifting fairly soon after a diagnosis. The exact medical issue isn’t even fundamentally important. But we can consider cancer as one of the most common examples of this phenomenon. The cancer patient starts out mainly concerned with how she’ll survive. She might even plan out how she hopes treatment will proceed. But that quickly becomes secondary to pain.
Most severe medical issues involve a progressively intimidating level of pain. In the case of cancer this is due to a number of different causal factors. For example, there’s the problem of the body’s reaction to the cancer cells. A tumor will usually cause inflammation and swelling. And this can cause even more problems as the swelling pushes against other organs or nerves. It can even impact circulation. Lack of proper blood circulation can cause a large amount of cellular damage and pain.
Again, the exact nature of the underlying medical problem is somewhat unimportant in the larger sense. The main issue is that patients often face side effects from their ailment which is far worse than what they expected. And of these side effects, the absolute worst is usually the pain. Any severe medical issue essentially involves the body’s life and death struggle. A life and death struggle is almost inherently painful in a multitude of different ways.
Thankfully patients do have a number of options. This is often influenced by the area where …