It’s not always necessary that everyone with cancer has cancer pain but some do. If you have cancer that’s spread then your chance of having pain is higher. Cancer pain has many forms. It can be sharp or burning and dull or achy. It can range from constant, intermittent, mild to moderate or severe. How much pain you feel depends on a number of factors, including the type of cancer you have, how advanced it is, where it’s situated and your pain tolerance level.
Keep in mind that most cancer pain is manageable and that cancer pain management is essential to your treatment.
Pain can be manage in most people with cancer
Here are a variety of ways for cancer pain management. One is to remove the source of the pain (organ which has cancer) through surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or other treatment. If that can’t be done, pain medications can usually control the cancer pain. These medicines include:
- Over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers commonly aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others).
- Weak opioid medications that derived from opium, such as codeine.
- Strong opioid medications are also good for cancer pain management such as morphine (Kadian, Ms Contin, others), oxycodone (Oxycontin, Roxicodone, others), methadone (Dolophine, Methadose), hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Exalgo), fentanyl (Actiq, Fentora, others), or oxymorphone (Opana).
Some medications come in tablets or liquids which you swallow; others can dissolve quickly in your mouth. You can receive some medications by shots, under the skin or in a vein; through rectal suppositories; or by wearing a skin patch. Other medications used for cancer pain management are steroids, antidepressants, and anti-seizure drugs.
Also, there are some specialized treatments such as a nerve block, which is a local anesthetic that’s injected around or into a nerve and helps to relive pain. The block prevents pain messages along that nerve pathway from reaching them to the brain. Other therapies, such as acupuncture, acupressure, physical therapy, relaxation, massage, meditation and hypnosis, might also help.
Pain management can improve quality of life
If you have cancer pain that has spread or other long-term cancer pain, it can exhaust you. This type of pain can’t let you do things that you want and need to do so it is important that you do something for cancer pain management. You should keep in mind that cancer pain cannot be fully relieved; but there are ways to make it less severe and allow you to do many of your normal daily activities.
Zaki Anwar MD is an Anesthesiologist and Interventional Pain Management Specialist. He has great expertise for the diagnosis and treatment of back pain, headaches, migraines, neck pain, sciatica pain and various pain conditions. His center has offering various treatment options including stem cell therapy, amniotic fluid injection and much more.
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