Not everyone with cancer experiences pain. However, when you do have pain relating to cancer, it can be severe enough to interfere with your cancer treatments and your overall quality of life.
Cancer pain can develop from the cancer itself, especially if the disease is in the advanced stages.
Other types of cancer discomfort involve:
Cancerous tumors can grow large enough to put pressure on the surrounding nerves or your spinal cord.
Pressure on your nerves can lead to persistent pain, numbness, weakness, and tingling sensations that affect your limbs and back. If a tumor presses on your spinal cord, it can lead to chronic pain, bladder and bowel dysfunction, and even paralysis.
Bone pain occurs when you have cancer that starts in your bones or spreads there from other areas of your body. Bone pain can also be a side effect of certain medications that help prevent white blood cell counts from dropping during cancer treatments.
Chemotherapy and radiation are common treatment strategies for many types of cancer. Treatments can cause nerve damage that results in ongoing pain in the affected area. You can also develop painful radiation injuries, mouth sores, and skin burns.
Surgery to remove a cancerous tumor is sometimes a necessary cancer treatment. Following surgery, you may be at increased risk for developing pain as you heal. Some people continue to experience pain even after their recovery from surgery.
If you have surgery to remove a limb or breast in the treatment of cancer, you can develop a specific type of postsurgical pain, known as phantom pain.
If you have chronic pain relating to cancer you can’t treat with over-the-counter medications, the providers at DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness recommend scheduling a consultation. You should also meet with the pain specialists to discuss options for treating cancer pain that continues to worsen, even with treatment.
The skilled pain management team can work closely with you on a treatment plan that considers your overall health and the severity of your pain.
The DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness team offers several nonsurgical solutions for treating and managing persistent cancer pain.
If you’re already taking medications to control pain, your provider may prescribe stronger opioid medications. To reduce your risk for misuse, addiction, and overdose with these medications, the physicians offer medically supervised narcotics management services.
When medicines aren’t enough to relieve cancer pain, you may need a nerve block. This injectable therapy delivers anesthetic medications into the nerve to disrupt pain signals from traveling to your brain.
Your provider may suggest relaxation techniques to reduce your cancer pain. You may also benefit from massage or physical therapy to help you better manage and prevent pain.
If your cancer or chemotherapy is causing unbearable pain, call the DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness office nearest you or request a consultation through the online booking system today.