Palliative care can help you say goodbye to nausea.

January, 2017

If you have, or someone you love has, a serious illness, then you know how draining nausea can be. It makes you tired, uncomfortable and upset. Palliative care can help.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. It will treat your nausea, your pain and other symptoms. It will help you understand your treatment options. It will help you cope with the day-to-day challenges of living with a serious illness. It will give you back some quality of life.

There are many possible causes for your nausea. Feeling sick can be a side effect of certain treatments, including pain medication, and it can also be a symptom of the disease itself. Nausea and vomiting are some of the most common symptoms for cancer patients, for example. It’s also a common problem for patients with heart disease and kidney failure, among others.

Please speak to your doctor about your nausea, and ask for palliative care. There are many ways that a palliative care team can help you to feel better. There are lots of medicines that can treat your nausea, even if you are having trouble keeping things down. What your doctor suggests will depend on the cause of your nausea. You may get some advice about your diet: having lots of small meals might help, for example. Some patients find acupuncture or acupressure helps too.

Try to keep track of when you feel most sick. What makes it worse and what makes it better? Do you feel worse when you move around? Do you have any other symptoms at the same time? Your palliative care doctor will spend as much time as needed to find the right treatment to make you feel better.

Talk to your doctor about your nausea. Palliative care can help.