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Controlling cancer pain  

Controlling cancer pain  

(ĐTĐ) – Having cancer does not mean that you have to live with pain. Cancer and some of the treatments for it can cause pain. But most people who have cancer are able to manage their pain well. Key points Cancer pain can be controlled. Only you know how you feel and how much pain you have. You need to learn how to tell your health care team what your pain feels like and what works and does not work….

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Cancer Pain Treatment Choices

Cancer Pain Treatment Choices

Medications   Many different drugs are used to treat cancer pain. If you are already taking pain medicine for another problem, tell your doctor how often you are taking it and how well it works. The key to controlling cancer pain is to take your medicine on a regular schedule. Do not wait until your pain gets bad. Pain is easier to control when you treat it just after it starts. Painkilling drugs work to control cancer pain in most…

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Cancer Pain Treatment Overview

Cancer Pain Treatment Overview

You are the only one who knows how your cancer pain feels. You may need different combinations of treatments. Don’t be surprised if your pain control plan needs to be changed often. Don’t let that discourage you. Be honest and specific about what does and does not work for you. Staying on top of your pain and in control of your pain will improve your quality of life during every stage of your disease. Nonprescription drugs Drugs that you can…

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Cancer Pain Overview

Cancer Pain Overview

Cause of cancer pain. Cancer pain may be caused by the cancer or by the treatments and tests used. Cancer treatment does not always cause pain. But out of every 10 adults with cancer, between 1 and 3 of them report having pain caused by the treatment. Out of every 10 children with cancer, as many as 6 report having pain caused by treatment. Pain may also be caused by an infection, such as shingles, that may develop because of…

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Chronic Pain Relief: New Treatments

Chronic Pain Relief: New Treatments

(ĐTĐ) – New advances in drugs and technology mean there are now better solutions for chronic pain relief.   If you’re living with chronic pain, here’s important news. Today’s pain specialists have sophisticated new treatments — from effective drugs to implants and electrical stimulation — to provide chronic pain relief. There’s much that can be done to tame the beast. These advances have emerged in the past several years, as researchers have gained a greater understanding of chronic pain and…

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Chronic Pain Treatment Choices

Chronic Pain Treatment Choices

Medications Medicines can often help control chronic pain. Many different drugs, both prescription and nonprescription, are used to treat chronic pain. All these medicines can cause side effects and should be taken exactly as they are prescribed. In some cases, it may take several weeks before medicines work to reduce pain. To avoid dangerous drug interactions, tell your doctor all the medicines you are taking (including herbal and other complementary medicines). Medication Choices You will likely be given medicines that…

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Chronic Pain Treatment Overview

Chronic Pain Treatment Overview

(ĐTĐ) – Treating chronic pain can be challenging. Often the reason for the pain is not clear, and it may take several types or combinations of treatments before you find relief.   When treatment is started, some people may have increased pain because their chronic pain has caused them to be inactive and they have lost strength and flexibility. But over time treatment should reduce the pain and increase your ability to function. You may learn new ways of doing…

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Chronic Pain: Cause, Symptoms, Exams and Tests

Chronic Pain: Cause, Symptoms, Exams and Tests

Cause The cause of chronic pain is not clear. When you have an injury or illness, certain nerves send pain signals to your brain. With chronic pain, these pain signals continue for weeks, months, or even years after you recover. Chronic pain can develop after a major injury or illness, such as a back injury or shingles, or it can develop without a known cause. It is also possible that certain brain chemicals that usually suppress pain may not work…

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Types of Chronic Pain

Types of Chronic Pain

General somatic pain (pain from the outer body) Pains from your skin and muscles are easily localized by the brain because these pains are common. You have experienced general somatic pain since childhood when you have fallen or been hit by a person or an object. Normally, somatic pain gets better in a few days. Some people develop pain that never goes away. Fibromyalgia and chronic back pain are in this category. General somatic pain is often treated with nonsteroidal…

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Diagnosing the Cause of Pain

Diagnosing the Cause of Pain

(ĐTĐ) – Various techniques are available to determine the cause of pain, including pain measurement tools and X-ray devices. Your doctor will talk to you about your symptoms and ask about your history of illness, injury or surgery. You may be asked to fill out a questionnaire to assess the intensity and location of your pain.   Your doctor will also perform a physical examination, and may order blood tests or X-rays. Tests used to diagnose the cause of pain…

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