• Alternative Medicine

    Asked by SouthernMom on Friday, February 15, 2013

    Alternative Medicine

    One of my doctors recommended I consider some alternative methods for pain management during chemo. Of course, I have to consult her before beginning anything, but I was wondering if anyone had tried acupuncture/pressure or other methods? I am looking for anything that has the potential to work. I am tired of pain medicine.

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I think that might depend on the type of pain and what is causing it. I had lots of side effects from chemo, but any actual pain was attributable to specific side effects, so by treating that side effect it treated the pain. For example, I would have painful abdominal cramps from the chemo induced diarrhea and eating high fiber foods and taking Imodium helped with that. I also had bone/joint pain from my neulasta shots and stretching/walking helped with that.

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      SouthernMom, when I first started working in end of life care, our manager signed up the whole nursing staff in Reiki classes. We thought it was silly at first, but once we mastered it, we saw its great potential. Many treatment facilities now offer it into the plan of care. Although used to relax and reduce stress, many oncology patients really benefit from it as a way to decrease their pain as well. It works great with any traditional medicines, and serves to enhance those therapies as well. You might want to look into it. I have used it extensively, especially on children with uncontrollable pain, and have seen the power healing hands can do. I had never thought it was possible when I first started practicing the art. Best of luck to you, Carm.

      over 3 years ago
    • suebo's Avatar

      Read Bill Henderson's book -- there are all kinds of altenative therapies that really help soften the effects of chemo. Also something in there about ipt/chemotherapy. I can't remember details but the idea is with this other option included in the chemo treatment you do not need such a strong chemo formula -- a softer chemo treatment will have the same effect with ipt as a stronger formula. Many testimonials for this so please look into it.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Acupressure and acupuncture are great alternatives. I also find that massage, energy work (combined with massage or by itself) and meditation very helpful.

      over 3 years ago
    • NanaL's Avatar

      Ijust finished reading a blog sight about a young girl, 24 yrs old who has metastatic colon cancer to the liver and lungs. She went to Atlanta Georgia for alternative treatment. They did something called Ozone therapy which involved removing a pint of her blood and mixing it with oxygen and then transfusing it back thru her port. She hasn't taken any chemo since Nov. 2012. She is also doing High dose Vitamin C IV's and has been "juicing" and following a very strict diet that is supposed to boost the immune system. Her CEA markers were 600 last July when she was diagnosed and they are now down to the low 40's. I find this all very interesting and plan on asking my Dr about it when I go for treatment next week. Anyone else ever hear about this. How about you Carm? Can you weigh in on this. Thanks!

      over 3 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      If I could have had marijuana while on treatment I would have. Not sure if this is an option for you :)

      over 3 years ago

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