Minimizing Aches and Pain


Pain can be caused by the cancer itself, by treatment, tests done to diagnose and monitor cancer or pain not related to your cancer diagnosis. Routine headaches, muscle strains, aches and pains will continue to occur even after a cancer diagnosis. Some patients get arthralgias and myalgias.  Staying on top of the pain and not wait until your pain level becomes too much to bear is important. Waiting too long can make the pain harder to treat. Medications such as acetamenophin (Tylenol) and non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (Advil, Aleve) are strong pain relievers, more than you realize. In many cases, these over- the-counter medications can be all the help you need to deal with pain.
Anti inflammatory natural products such as Turmeric are proven to reduce inflammation and help with pain as well.  Non-pharmacologic management includes maintaining a health weight; eating a healthy diet including anti-inflammatory foods such as berries, apples, tomatoes, leafy greens, avocados, fish, etc; acupuncture, chiropractic therapy, yoga, massage, and using hot/cold packs.