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Somatic symptoms—Depression may manifest itself as intractable pain, while anxiety can manifest itself as nausea or dyspnoea. Such symptoms may seem disproportionate to the medical pathology and respond poorly to medical treatments. Psychological symptoms—Although these might seem understandable, they differ in severity, duration, and quality from “normal” distress. Depressed patients seem to loathe themselves, over and above loathing their disease. A useful analogy is that the patient who is sad blames the illness for how they feel, whereas a patient who is depressed blames themselves for their illness.
Fatigue is a common element but again this can occur in isolation. Cachexia is complex and multifactorial. A patient’s evident chronic negative energy and protein balance is most commonly driven by a combination of reduced food intake and metabolic change. Symptoms can include anorexia, early satiety, taste changes, loss of physical function, and fatigue. Signs may include muscle wasting, loss of subcutaneous fat, and peripheral oedema. Different symptoms may predominate in individual patients and may also change with time.
Causes The most common cause of diarrhoea in patients with advanced disease is use of laxatives. Patients may use laxatives erratically; some wait until they become constipated and then use high doses of laxatives, with resultant rebound diarrhoea. Among elderly patients admitted to hospital with nonmalignant disease, constipation with faecal impaction and overflow accounts for over half the cases of diarrhoea. Management The underlying cause should be investigated, but relief is generally achieved with non-specific antidiarrhoeal agents— loperamide (up to 16 mg daily) or codeine (10–60 mg every four hours).