The majority of people suffering from cancer complain of pain. The pain can be caused by several reasons including cancer-causing growth or tumours or the pain resulting from associated treatment. Most of the cancer patients can find relief using a combination of medications. However, for effective control and management of pain, it is important to consult your doctor in time.
Mild to Moderate Pain can be relieved by pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs. Patients should check with a doctor before using any of these medicines, especially if they are on chemotherapy.
Narcotic pain relievers require a prescription and may be used along with mild pain relievers for moderate to severe pain. Antidepressants are used to relieve tingling or burning sensations. Anticonvulsant medication is used to control burning and tingling pain, painful symptoms of nerve damage. Corticosteroids are used to relieve swelling or inflammation, which often causes pain.
Most pain medicine is taken orally by mouth either in pill or liquid form. Other methods for administering pain drugs include rectal suppositories, transversal patches, and injections.
Non-drug treatments for managing cancer pain in addition to pain medication are effective in overall relief. Biofeedback, breathing and relaxation exercises, distraction, heat or cold and hypnosis are some of the techniques used for pain management. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, a mild electric current is applied to the skin at the site of the pain is beneficial in certain cases.
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