Controlling Cancer Pain

It's a common mistake for people with cancer to think that pain is a part of their lives. It shouldn't be. It is only a part of cancer that can always be relieved if you and your doctor formulate an effective and suitable pain treatment plan that will enable you to go on living without having any constant pain.

Pain Damages
It is of utmost importance to control cancer pain since your quality of life will suffer if you don't. If you have untreated pain, this may cause you to feel:
- depressed
- exhausted
- anxious
- stressed
- isolated
- worried
- angry
- lonely

Obviously, it takes a toll on your emotional health just as much as it does on your physical health. It also makes sleeping more difficult, makes you lose appetite, and makes it a bigger challenge to cope with cancer in general.

Pain Relief Plan
If you are able to manage your cancer pain, it would be easier for you to be active, sleep well, cope with cancer and the treatment, enjoy times with people who matter most, and eat with pleasure.

A pain relief plan can be formed based on several factors such as your general makeup, degree of pain you have, your cancer type, stage and location, and other health problems that you may have. There are many medications available in the market that your doctor can advise you to take so you can live your life free of debilitating pain.

Here are some of the things you should do to control the pain caused by cancer.

First, Observe Your Pain and Treatments
Your doctor will ask you information about what your pain feels like and how your treatment is working for you. Be sure to write down the day-to-day pain that you feel along with the pain medication treatment you take.
- How long does the pain last?
- Is your pain a burning sensation, throbbing, or the tingling type?
- Don't forget to jot down how well that certain medication is working for you or not and if there are any side effects.
- Also write down any other methods you find helpful in relieving your pain.

Next, You Have To Be Stringent About Following Doctor's Orders
Cancer pain is much harder to control if you forget to take your medicines.
- Always take them on time and never skip a dose or wait until pain sets in before you take it.
- Expect that there would be times of breakthrough pain. Even if you have taken your meds, it is still possible for pain to flare up for no apparent reason. Fast-acting medicines can be given by your doctor for this particular type of pain.

Finally, You Must Learn To Manage Your Side Effects
Common side effects of painkillers include:
- nausea
- vomiting
- drowsiness
- constipation
- stomach upset
- stomach bleeding

Ask your doctor about the potential side effects of the pain medication you're taking and how you can manage them.
The most common examples are:
- For nausea and vomiting, keep yourself hydrated with soups and liquids.
- For constipation, eat a high-fiber diet that includes fruits, vegetables and whole grain products.

 


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