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Miriam Lambert: Total Pain and the Despair of an Unlived Life

David Barnard, Patricia Boston R.N., Anna Towers and Yanna Lambrinidou

in Crossing Over

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780195123432
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999835 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123432.003.0010
Miriam Lambert: Total Pain and the Despair of an Unlived Life

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This chapter discusses the difficult case of Miriam Lambert, which is as interesting as it is rare in the field of palliative care. Despite the best efforts of the palliative care team to ease and manage pain, the pain she felt remained uncontrollable and unmanageable. Ms Lambert's difficult life and emotional issues compounded her situation. In the hopes to alleviate her unmanageable pain, the palliative care team devised a pain control management using a full spectrum of medications including anesthetic blocks. Supportive nonmedical and psychological interventions such as art therapy, music therapy, and massage were tried; however, the pain persisted.

Keywords: ease pain; manage pain; pain; difficult life; emotional issues; unmanageable pain; pain control management; medications; anesthetic blocks; supportive nonmedical interventions

Chapter.  8888 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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