While having cancer doesn’t always mean you experience chronic pain, it is a reality for many oncology patients. Chronic Pain affects every aspect of your life, making day to day activities difficult and causing issues with sleeping and eating. Additionally, the struggle of living with everyday discomfort can make you short-tempered with loved-ones, as well as causing frustration, depression, and anger. For those suffering from cancer-related pain relief is available from your pain management doctor in Las Vegas, NV in the form of various medications and non-medication based treatments.
The Many Shades Of Cancer Pain
Cancer can be the source of many types of pain, and understanding these various forms of pain will enable you to know how to properly manage that pain. Each form of pain indicates different things going on with your body.
This pain tends to be brief in duration but rather severe in its intensity. In most cases, this sort of pain is the result of injury and will go away as the injury heals.
Persistent or Chronic Painless
This form of pain occurs over an extended period of time, by definition any pain in excess of 3 months. Chronic pain is a difficult condition to live with and can have severe impacts on your quality of life if not treated well. The intensity of this kind of pain can be mild, though in some cases it can be quite severe. This pain doesn’t go away and requires medication to manage. Those with chronic pain can also experience something known as breakthrough pain.
When pain that is otherwise controlled by medication suddenly flares in spite of being medicated, it’s known as breakthrough pain. The term is derived from the fact that this form of pain is “breaking through” the relief offered by your pain medication. In most cases, breakthrough pain appears suddenly and lasts for an hour or so. This pain feels similar to chronic pain only in greater intensity, and can happen either infrequently or several times a day, even when being managed by pain medication.
Breakthrough pain often shares its source with chronic pain, and may be the result of the cancerous growth, or be the result of a cancer treatment the patient is on. Breakthrough pain occurs based on activity in some patients, for others, its onset has no clear explanation.
Where Does Cancer Patients Pain Originate?
Typically the pain’s origin can be found in cancer itself and increases intensity based on the type of cancer, what stage the cancer is in, and what the patient’s individual pain tolerance is. Cancer pain can be the result of the treatments or tests done for cancer, though the patient may still experience normal pains like strained muscles or headaches that aren’t related to their diagnosis. Cancer-related pain can present as:
- Spinal Cord Compression – Tumors near the spine can cause pressure, and pain from that pressure, on the spinal cord.
- Bone Pain – This sort of pain is typically present when cancer has spread to the bones.
If you are experiencing pain you believe may be related to cancer, it’s time to speak to your physician and oncologist. Even as a cancer patient you don’t have to live with unmanaged pain, find relief by calling Dr. Yevgeniy Khavkin at the Khavkin Clinic today.