• Anyone have suggestions for managing pain of radiation side effects?

    Asked by Difficult525 on Monday, November 19, 2012

    Anyone have suggestions for managing pain of radiation side effects?

    I have blisters and raw spots. Anytime I move my clothing rubs and causes pain. My doctor gave me aquaphor, but my clothing sticks to it and it ends up hurting worse.

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    • Harry's Avatar
      Harry

      Then, I would talk to the doctor again. If it's not working try something.

      over 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      I'm sure someone will chime in on this that has a ton more experience than I do but have you tried covering there area so that your clothes can't rub on it? Sounds like this may be something that unfortunately, you may have to deal with until you're done with radiation. I hope thats not the case. Hope you feel better!!

      over 4 years ago
    • Stevedarke's Avatar
      Stevedarke

      The problem with burns is if the skin is broken and weeping you are restricted to some degree. You need the burn to dry out but not too much. Aloe Vera Gel is said to have good healing qualities which may help. Once applied cover with a gause so the wound can breath and aim to change the dressing often which will help to dry the area out. Wear loose clothes to avod chaffing.

      I wish you well,

      Steve

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      The nurses at the radiation center recommended I wear cammy tops which helped a lot, they also gave me gauze to put on top to the blistering spots, which also helped, as the pads hold the aquaphor (I was given hydrophor is is similar) why not speak with the nurses the next time you have your treatment, they have lots of tricks.

      over 4 years ago
    • cancervivor's Avatar
      cancervivor

      My main pain was in my mouth and throat. I had sores that hurt so bad that I couldn't eat, and the throat hurt some. My radiation oncologist was always good to give me something to help with the pain. I would just ask the center, even my nurses would get me something if I was hurting. If the doctor wasn't there, they would call him and get what I needed.
      Hope it gets better for you.

      over 4 years ago
    • Difficult525's Avatar
      Difficult525

      Thanks for the answers. My whole chest is affected and I am not sure how to apply gauze to that large of an area. I have trouble with the tape. I have an appointment tomorrow, so I will ask then. Right now, I am just trying to not move much. I appreciate the support.

      over 4 years ago
    • Stevedarke's Avatar
      Stevedarke

      I had wounds on my front and back that refused to heal or dry up, in the end I bought oversize tea shirts and changed them three or four times a day. Just try to keep the affected area clean to stop infection. I agree with a large area such as yours getting any gause to stay on would not be very practical.

      Steve

      over 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar
      JennyMiller

      I had severe burning under my arm whereby I had to take a week off from radiation to allow some healing. At first, they gave me a Gel in a tube specifically for radiation burns which did not work that well for me. Then they prescribed Silverdene Cream which really worked great -- I continued to use it throughout the balance of my treatment.

      over 4 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar
      DorothyV

      I wore my husband's plain white cotton tee shirts. They were more comfortable than my tank tops. They didn't rub under the arm or at the top of the radiation sites . Check with your radiation oncologist or the nurse. Good luck. Hope you heal real soon:)

      over 4 years ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar
      PaulineJ

      Where I'm going for radiation they started us on Aquaphor twice a day( right after radiation and before going to bed),IMMEDIATELY in the first week.It does wonders.No side affects. and I have only 11 days left.Maybe others and you could suggest it at where you go.

      over 4 years ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar
      PaulineJ

      They also suggested not to wear bras.Just cammies and loose clothing.

      over 4 years ago
    • sunne's Avatar
      sunne

      my nurse gave me lots of gauze along with the acquaphor, it really helped
      good luck to you.

      over 4 years ago
    • Daytonagal's Avatar
      Daytonagal

      Ask the doctor for a for Silvadine. It is a heavy duty burn ointment and was the only thing that worked for me. I had the same issues and not wearing a bra was not an option as I was continued to work during my treatment.

      over 4 years ago
    • tinkerbell's Avatar
      tinkerbell

      I had a horrible time with radation too, however I found relief with Jeans Cream, it is meant for radation and works wonders, you can find it at most medical stores, good luck.

      over 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148

      I too had this same thing happen. You need to go back to your doctor on this. I was given these medicated pads which then had to be covered with a non adhesive patch. To hold all this on, I was given a mesh wrap that we cut arm holes in. No taping! This had to be changed each day after a shower. Worked well, then the itching and peeling began. Then we switched to silvadene creme (had silver and sulpha in it) You have to be treated for these properly or an infection could result. Mine were 2nd and 3rd degree and seemed to come out at end of treatments. After the healing begins again, then use aquaphor and maybe they will also give you a 1% cortizone cream for the itching. Also, for the horrible pain especially at night, they prescribed a pain pill. Just 1/2 before bed helped a lot. Don't try to treat this yourself, keep at them, and complain if you have to. Amazingly after this treatment, in one week, my burns healed so much! It has now been since Oct 9 and I'm completely healed from burns. Have a slight discoloration near collar bone and sometimes it may itch a little. Also, I still get those pangs or stabbing feeling near the breast bone, they are quick and annoying, but do not linger. Also, the fatique may begin to set in now, let yourself rest as much as you can and you will heal faster. My good thoughts are with you!

      over 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148 (Best Answer!)

      I too had this same thing happen. You need to go back to your doctor on this. I was given these medicated pads which then had to be covered with a non adhesive patch. To hold all this on, I was given a mesh wrap that we cut arm holes in. No taping! This had to be changed each day after a shower. Worked well, then the itching and peeling began. Then we switched to silvadene creme (had silver and sulpha in it) You have to be treated for these properly or an infection could result. Mine were 2nd and 3rd degree and seemed to come out at end of treatments. After the healing begins again, then use aquaphor and maybe they will also give you a 1% cortizone cream for the itching. Also, for the horrible pain especially at night, they prescribed a pain pill. Just 1/2 before bed helped a lot. Don't try to treat this yourself, keep at them, and complain if you have to. Amazingly after this treatment, in one week, my burns healed so much! It has now been since Oct 9 and I'm completely healed from burns. Have a slight discoloration near collar bone and sometimes it may itch a little. Also, I still get those pangs or stabbing feeling near the breast bone, they are quick and annoying, but do not linger. Also, the fatique may begin to set in now, let yourself rest as much as you can and you will heal faster. My good thoughts are with you!

      over 4 years ago
    • Betsy's Avatar
      Betsy

      I was burned bad by the radiation, also.
      I tried to go topless as much as possible. Any time I was off work, I was around the house topless.
      I did get the silvadene and the doctors put the gel pads on and made garments for me to hold these on
      out of surgical tube gauzing. I ended up taking pain killers at night to sleep. It did all go away though.
      It just started peeling off and eventually the skin got back to a nice texture again. I do look like I have a
      tan on that portion of the skin. Hang in there.

      over 4 years ago
    • Difficult525's Avatar
      Difficult525

      Thanks to the community for all of the answers and the support. Debco, thanks especially for your answer and sharing of your experience. I did go see the doctor on Tuesday and I was prescribed silvadene. Only problem is, I am allergic to sulfa and this is a sulfa based medication. Thank goodness the pharmacist caught it. The doctor is having me try neosporin on the pads and gave me gauze to wrap around me. Not sure if it is helping. He told me to take ibuprofen, which we are out of and since we live out in the country, I am just being bad and substituting excedrin, which is working. I am supposed to check in Monday if I am not doing better. He also told me it would take at least a week to feel better.

      over 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148

      We are thinking of you Difficult... let us know how it goes. Sending you good thoughts and positive energy to heal quickly!

      over 4 years ago
    • Brandew1's Avatar
      Brandew1

      To anyone who is receiving treatment to the throat/mouth area be sure to ask for Magic Mouthwash.

      over 4 years ago
    • Brandew1's Avatar
      Brandew1

      To anyone who is receiving treatment to the neck/mouth area be sure to get a Rx for Magic Mouthwash.

      over 4 years ago

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