Pain Management in Cancer Care

Hello Friends

I have had the privilege to have received an email from Mr. David Hass who has written an article about pain management. Although it does not specifically talk about Multiple Myeloma it is still pertinent for any kind of Cancer. It’s strait to the point, so here goes:

This is how the communication went:

Hello Yvon,

Thank you for your help and consideration. This article is about dealing with Pain during Cancer treatments. Cancer affects one’s life in many ways and many people have to deal with immense pain when going through treatments. Some people learn how to cope with this pain and others are referred to certain pain medication. People need to learn how to use pain medication correctly and to use the correct pain medicine when dealing with their treatments. I hope you can share this important message with your readers.



Pain Management in Cancer Care

When treating cancer, including breast cancer, melanoma, and even rare cancers such as mesothelioma, improper treatment of pain is a common problem. Cancer pain can be quite severe and often patients and doctors shy away from fully treating it. Although improvements in treatment have been made, awareness of the proper use of medication needs to be developed.

At every single doctor’s appointment, you should be asked about your pain. It’s crucial to get on top of the pain before it gets out of control. It’s far easier to manage pain than to try to reign in out-of-control pain. If your doctor isn’t asking appropriate questions about your pain, or you feel like you need better pain control, ask for a referral to a pain specialist. It is true that many scammers do exist, but they aren’t likely to be people who are actually in pain.

Do you feel uncomfortable discussing pain with your doctor? You may have been brought up to believe that you should “suck it up” or “just deal with it.” While this may be appropriate for a bruise or a paper cut, cancer pain is nothing to mess around with. Nobody will ever think less of you for asking for help when it is needed. When your doctor discusses pain with you, be completely honest. Your doctor wants to help you and there is no reason for you to suffer when you don’t have to.

You may have heard news stories of famous celebrities becoming addicted to painkillers and then dying as a result. While this can happen, it is unlikely when pain killers are taken as prescribed to treat pain. If you find that you are taking painkillers to get high or when you are not in pain, then you might have a problem. Depending on your cancer or mesothelioma prognosis, your body is likely to become dependent if you take painkillers for a long period of time; however, this is not the same as being addicted. Your doctor will help you appropriately wean off the pain medications when the time is right.

Side effects from painkillers can be difficult. Nausea, constipation and fatigue are certainly possible. Side effects usually lessen as treatment goes on. If the side effects become unbearable, your medication can be changed or you can be given treatment for the side effects.

Cancer treatment can be scary. Don’t make it any worse than it has to be. Talk to your medical team about your pain and keep the lines of communication open throughout your treatment.

By: David Haas

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