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Pain in MND

  1. 1. Motor Neurone Disease Pain and Associated Psychological Perspectives in Terminal Illness BEGIN Click for Full Text
  2. 2. <ul><li>The following presentation will focus on the management of pain and its psychological effects on Motor Neurone Disease sufferers in the last 6-months (as determined clinically) before death </li></ul><ul><li>The area of pain in terminal illness is especially important as sufferers need to manage the pain in a situation where death is inevitable </li></ul>Instructions The audio is synched to run with the slides and any information on the slides will automatically progress with the audio. At the end of each slide you will be able to either go back to the previous slide, replay the current slide or progress to the next slide using the navigation buttons on the bottom of the page. <ul><li>As this presentation will show, this creates issues of comorbidity where pain endurance is exacerbated by a sense of hopelessness, leading to depression and suicidal thoughts </li></ul>Next Previous Replay
  3. 3. <ul><li>Not a medical diagnosis, but a disease that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>has no known cure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>is expected to result in the eventual death of the sufferer </li></ul></ul>Defining Terminal Illness “ Terminal illness is an irreversible illness that, without life sustaining procedures, will result in death in the near future.” (Terminal Illness Law and Legal Definition, 2011) <ul><li>Terminal if death is expected to occur within 6-months of diagnosis </li></ul><ul><li>No particular ailment that can be classed as terminal </li></ul><ul><li>Diseases may be considered terminal at a particular point in progression </li></ul><ul><li>Treatment efforts are usually halted and palliative care is put in place </li></ul><ul><li>This provides pain relief and other appropriate measures </li></ul><ul><li>Associated pain progresses through final stages of illness </li></ul><ul><li>Physical & psychological pain creates issues with death being inevitable </li></ul>Next Previous Replay
  4. 4. Defining Pain <ul><li>Types of pain include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Acute Pain - specific injury that signifies injury or damage has occurred </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chronic Pain - Constant pain that persists beyond expected healing time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Referred - Pain that occurs from deep structures and is difficult to locate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Radiating - moves from its point of origin to other parts of the body </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sensation thresholds appear to be universal </li></ul><ul><li>Pain perception may differ across cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Pain is a highly personalised experience </li></ul>An unpleasant sensory & emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage Next Previous Replay
  5. 5. Defining Motor Neurone Disease MND is a disabling and ultimately fatal disease that has few effective treatments <ul><li>A progressive neurodegenerative disease </li></ul><ul><li>Afflict the upper and lower motor neurones </li></ul><ul><li>Damage and death of the motor neurones is the underlying cause of the disease </li></ul><ul><li>When motor neurons fail to give out signals, muscles cease to respond and the process of muscle wasting begins (atrophy) </li></ul><ul><li>The result is a loss of limb movement and difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing </li></ul><ul><li>There is no known cure or cause </li></ul><ul><li>First characterised in 1874 by Jean-Martin Charcot </li></ul><ul><li>Relatively rare - approximately 5000 cases in the UK at any one time </li></ul><ul><li>No genetic evidence exists for the onset of the disease </li></ul><ul><li>Length of life from first diagnosis is typically 2 – 5 years </li></ul>Next Previous Replay
  6. 6. Pain Associated with MND <ul><li>Non-motor disturbances affect most sufferers </li></ul><ul><li>Include a range of difficulties - e.g. fatigue, sleep disorders, constipation </li></ul><ul><li>Pain, anxiety and depression feature prominently </li></ul><ul><li>Pain ranked as the number one physical problem in terminally ill patients </li></ul><ul><li>Anxiety and depression ranked first and second in a list of psychological difficulties </li></ul><ul><li>The following section focuses on the physical and </li></ul><ul><li>psychological pain associated with terminally ill patients </li></ul>Next Previous Replay
  7. 7. Pain Associated with MND - Physical Next Previous Replay
  8. 8. Management of Pain Associated with MND - Physical <ul><li>Only available treatment for MND is Riluzole (Rilutek)  </li></ul><ul><li>Pharmacological management of pain in MND can incorporate the use of medication that is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) </li></ul><ul><li>For pain alleviation, tricyclic antidepressants and anti-epileptic drugs such as Neurontin or Gabapentin can be useful. Neurontin may also help with relief of spasms </li></ul><ul><li>Another method of managing pain associated with MND is through the use of Marijuana (Cannabis)  </li></ul><ul><li>Physical disability leads to activity limitations and can be characterised </li></ul><ul><li>by utilising physical performance measures </li></ul><ul><li>The physical aspects of MND frequently receive the majority of </li></ul><ul><li>attention with psychosocial aspects afforded secondary important </li></ul>Next Previous Replay
  9. 9. Pain Associated with MND - P sychological <ul><li>Depression may be a reaction to pain, however it </li></ul><ul><li>may also be a comorbidity of the condition </li></ul><ul><li>Distinguishing remains a dilemma </li></ul><ul><li>Causes difficulties with diagnosing </li></ul><ul><li>Further issues of cultural restraint and relative levels also add to the complexity </li></ul>Physicians and others involved in the care of patients with MND need to be aware that depression associated with pain is a significant problem irrespective of the level of physical disability Tedman, Young & Williams, 1997 Next Previous Replay
  10. 10. Measurement of Depression Associated With Pain in MND <ul><li>Beck Depression Index (BDI) –measures the severity of depression </li></ul><ul><li>Short form used in a study of terminally ill patients </li></ul>Next Previous Replay
  11. 11. Measurement of Depression Associated With Pain in MND cont… <ul><li>Self-Rating Depression Scale – 20 item self-administered instrument </li></ul><ul><li>Used in a study which looked at depression in chronic medical diseases </li></ul>Next Previous Replay
  12. 12. Management of Pain Associated with MND - Psychological Next Previous Replay
  13. 13. Comorbidity Factors (Desire for Death & Suicidal Thoughts) <ul><li>Physical pain and feelings of hopelessness have </li></ul><ul><li>been noted as predictors of patient interest in </li></ul><ul><li>assisted suicide </li></ul><ul><li>ALS Functional Rating Scale (ALSFRS-R) assesses severity </li></ul><ul><li>In assessing symptoms of depression, patients may be administered the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) which assesses depressive disorders based on criteria in the DSM – IV </li></ul><ul><li>Patients either have to accept or forgo life-sustaining therapies </li></ul><ul><li>The concerns of patients and caregivers bring about fears of pain and suffocation that may manifest as both helplessness and hopelessness </li></ul><ul><li>With increasing levels of physical pain and comorbidity with psychological factors in dealing with a terminal illness, the risk of suicidal thoughts is a concern </li></ul><ul><li>The desire for escape from intolerable pain is considered to be one of the most frequently reported incentives for suicidal behaviour </li></ul>“ Hope and hopelessness are important issues for MND patients, with hopelessness contributing significantly to suffering and for some a desire for hastened death” (McLeod & Clarke, 2007) Next Previous Replay
  14. 14. Suicide Vulnerability Factors <ul><li>Fear of losing autonomy </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of autonomy </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of losing independence </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of independence </li></ul><ul><li>Perception of being a burden on family / carers </li></ul><ul><li>Depression with a feeling of hopelessness as a consequence of the clinical conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Hopelessness in dealing with pain when death is inevitable </li></ul>Next Previous Replay
  15. 15. Suicide Facts According to Maytal and Stern, 2006 <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Suicide is committed in only a minority of terminally ill patients </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Statistically significant association between clinical depression and the desire for hastened death </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>59% of terminally ill patients who expressed a desire for hastened death had clinical depression </li></ul><ul><li>8% of patients without a desire for hastened death were depressed </li></ul><ul><li>Terminally ill patients with a history of depression had vulnerability for a desire for hastened death even if they did not have active symptoms of mood disorder </li></ul><ul><li>Statistically significant association between a history of depression and a desire for a hastened death </li></ul>Next Previous Replay
  16. 16. Summary <ul><li>Motor Neurone Disease facts & statistics – survival unlikely </li></ul><ul><li>Stephen Hawking </li></ul><ul><li>Initial reactions on discovering one’s fate can result in significant emotional trauma </li></ul><ul><li>Affects patient and carer </li></ul><ul><li>Definition of pain in general and pain associated with MND – both physical & psychological </li></ul><ul><li>Increased recognition of cognitive and affective dimensions of pain </li></ul>Next Previous Replay
  17. 17. Summary cont… <ul><li>Pain measurement & management associated with MND – both physical & psychological </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-disciplinary approach usually adopted </li></ul><ul><li>Rating scales used to identify depressive symptoms </li></ul><ul><li>Co-morbidity factors with physical & psychological pain contributing towards a sense of hopelessness & suicidal thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>Pain can often enhance hope that an illness is being managed, with terminal diseases this is negated </li></ul>Next Previous Replay
  18. 18. Evaluation & Suggestions <ul><li>Managing pain in terminally ill patients requires a multi-disciplinary approach </li></ul><ul><li>Pharmacological & psychological intervention is required </li></ul><ul><li>Comorbidity is key in why it is considered “pain in special circumstances” </li></ul><ul><li>Stem cell & gene research for MND causes & cures are underway </li></ul><ul><li>Referral to a neurologist is the norm for patients diagnosed with MND </li></ul><ul><li>Future consideration to the pain associated with MND at an earlier stage </li></ul><ul><li>Thus ensuring a balance between physical and psychological pain management </li></ul>Next Previous Replay
  19. 19. Final Thoughts <ul><li>Coping with and managing pain can obviously be regarded as challenging in any situation. However, the feelings of depression and hopelessness associated with terminal illness create a unique circumstance under which individuals need to cope with and manage pain without the positive effects of hope and whilst battling with related negative emotions. </li></ul>Next Previous Replay
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