BHUBANESWAR: Even as lack of awareness on pain relief has condemned patients suffering from cancer, musculosketelal, neurological and other chronic diseases to acutely agonising existence, doctors at the IMS and Sum Hospital here are set to launch a campaign to spread the message on effective pain management.
Spearheaded by Pain Specialist Dr Shovan Kumar Rath, the campaign would involve awareness programmes through camps across the districts. While awareness will be created on availability of effective treatment modalities for managing the excruciating pain in different diseases, the medical personnel would, more importantly, be oriented on the importance of pain management in chronic and terminal illnesses.
“Though pain is the most distressing manifestation in cancer or other chronic ailments, it has not been accorded due attention. In fact, even medical practitioners are largely not aware of the developments in the field and availability of advanced facilities with most effective pain management procedures. We intend to hold camps across districts with doctors as the main targets so that they not only recognise the importance of pain management but also guide patients to proper facilities,” Dr Rath said.
Despite the magnitude of suffering, chronic pain remains grossly under treated in most patients. Out of the diagnosed cancer cases, more than 70 per cent do not have basic access to pain management and die in extremely agonising conditions.
Dr Rath said, every pain can be effectively managed through appropriate interventions so that the patient can lead a life with comfort and dignity so long as she or he lives. The concept of pain clinics has begun to gradually catch up as an independent therapy.
The Sum Hospital has established a state-of-the-art Pain Clinic to deal with all kinds of problems by providing advanced services, including minimally invasive techniques. It has recently introduced radio frequency oblation therapy to deal with pain in cancer, the most excruciating manifestation in the disease. It has also provided long-term pain relief support to chronic pain like arthritis or other neurological problems.