• Have had severe pain before cancer diagnosis or treatment. How does one cope?

    Asked by dvdbriansr on Friday, September 28, 2012

    Have had severe pain before cancer diagnosis or treatment. How does one cope?

    I've had severe chronic pain for all of my adult life. My pain level was most unbearable before this. Was diagnosed with cancer 3 or 4 days ago that will require radiation, chemo and surgery. From what I've read thus far, pain from cancer and treatments are high on the side effects list. I have a pain management Dr who's all but given up on treating my pain before diagnosis. Anyone here have ANY suggestions as to how to deal with even more pain or where to go to get better help with pain coping techniques? I seriously that I'm going to make it thru all this intact.

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    • FreeBird's Avatar

      If your doctor is not helping with pain management, it's time to let them know about it loudly, or switch doctors. You should not have to live with that kind of pain.

      Here is information from the National Cancer Institute

      I would go through the cancer doctor for pain management, and ask them to make a recommendation. I'm a caregiver for my father, who is taking two medications for pain associated with pancreatic/biliary cancer that has metastasized to the liver. The first is MS Contin, or morphine extended release, twice a day on a regular schedule to manage pain. The second is oxycodone for any breakthrough pain. The morphine has been especially good.

      Best wishes to you.

      over 8 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      My personal experience has been that the Pain management dr.s are on a different level than dealing with the Oncologist's and surgeons that treat us. I had incredible pain from 3 of the surgerys I had, and the last round of radiation. In all cases, when I explained to them my pain, where it was and what was or wasn't working that I already was on, they changed meds and fixed it.
      Don't count the doc's out yet. Most oncologists are very good, and used to dealing with pain.
      Best of luck to you, think positive, even though it's hard to!

      over 8 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      Have you discussed with the oncologist how much pain you are having? Is the pain related or caused by your cancer? Sometimes, the treatments for cancer help to relieve the pain. I have a tumor around my spine, and surgery removed part of it, radiation and chemo is working on the rest. My pain has been all over the place before and since surgery, but my chemo doc has been helping me tremendously. Talk to your docs, like drummerboy said, they are used to dealing with pain and will probably work with you to find some relief. Best of luck to you! I hope you find some relief!

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Of course pain will vary by individual, type of cancer, and type of cancer treatments, but pain was not really a side effect of any of my treatment. Chemo made me feel achy and sick, radiation was just more of a nuisance and my extensive surgery limited my activities for a while but none of that was high on the pain scale. Since you have just been diagnosed, try not to jump the gun and assume that your cancer treatment will add additional pain. Make sure your oncologist and other doctors are in sync in treating all medical issues.

      over 8 years ago
    • Flyboy's Avatar

      Definitely let your oncologist know about your pain. My husbands drs seemed in agreement that he should not be in any pain and prescribed a few different ones until we found the right dosages. And kept him on whatever he needed until it was over. The Fentanyl patch worked really well for him. I wish you all the best.

      over 8 years ago
    • BuffalloFan's Avatar

      I recommend finding a different doctor. If your pain level is so unbearable maybe it is time to find a different pain management doctor.

      over 8 years ago

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