• Holistic or alternative medicine

    Asked by jearlesred on Thursday, April 18, 2013

    Holistic or alternative medicine

    I am cancer-free, but experiencing after-effects from radiation - specifically rectal pain. I also have sleeplessness and other, general pain. I was wondering if anyone has tried holistic or alternative medicine. Please let me know if you've had any success.

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    • CAS1's Avatar

      i Take 20 mg of Melatonin and 1 500 mg of L-Tyrosine.

      There is a current clinicla trial underway for Melatonin and LC to see if it reduces reccurance so I figure I am perhaps killing two birds with one stone.

      I also take one Zyrtec at night and I do meditation in bed at night..a big help to fall asleep

      But what have your Radoligists said about all of your discomfort? They should be sending you to a pian specialist or a pallative care ( Not hospice) person because they are specialists in pain as well.

      A number of people have spoken about the pain patches with great success. I just don't think you should be suffering with pain.

      over 3 years ago
    • LindaD@StF's Avatar

      Your oncologists may want to prescribe Nitroglycerin ointment for rectal pain. Aromatherapy is a good complimentary medicine approach for pain and insomnia. Lavender is especially noted for pain relief and sleep. Acupuncture works wonders also for both. Check if there any complimentary centers or acupuncturists near you for a consulatation.

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      You might want to ask your doctor for lidocaine suppositories to address the rectal pain. Or even B & O (Belladonna & Opioid) suppositories if the pain is bad. Of course if you are looking for a holistic way to address the sleeplessness, Melatonin is useful. If not holistic, Temazepam (Restoril) is probably more reliable. It sounds like you have rectal stenosis and you may need your rectum dialated. Best of luck to you and i hope you feel better soon, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear jearlesred,

      Hi, it's Aliza the Librarian again! There is a huge difference between "alternative" medicine which involves quackery such as hypothermia (the administration of chemo by raising a patient's body temp and putting them to sleep and administering less chemo than ordinarily would be called for under the assumption that because their metabolic rate's faster they'll need less [I have a good friend who did this with early stage Breast Cancer about 14 years ago following a Lumpectomy and she died ultimately because this was ineffective], it also includes coffee enemas, and maybe shark oil. All of these practices are still practiced in Mexico, Tiajuana, for sure (my friend went to a clinic in Germany).

      "Complementary" or "integrative" medicine involves such things as acupuncture, massage, music therapy, yoga, meditation and possibly supplementation with vitamins, minerals and dare I say herbs that your oncologist approves.

      Many intelligent but desperate people get duped into the alternative med mode when they are desperate, particularly cancer patients, because it sounds a lot more benign means of treating it. I can certainly understand. If only we could get rid of cancer by eating Hershey's kisses, I'd go for it in a heartbeat...:) I was surprised when my friend went this route unfortunately (she should have known better especially because she was a physical therapist).

      Btw, melatonin is not a good supplement to take if you suffer from depression (I mention it only because you mention something about anti-depressants [can't be sure] in a previous post.). It's fine for folks who don't have it.

      Again, I'm happy to help you with any questions on or offsite.

      Warm wishes,

      over 3 years ago
    • jearlesred's Avatar

      Thank you for your answers (: I am seeing a doctor in Pallative care for pain (she is giving me morphine) and suppositories. However, I'm still having a lot of discomfort.

      over 3 years ago
    • rickdl's Avatar

      My husband had rectal/colon cancer, he is currently cancer free. However, he is under extreme pain from irritation of the skin when he goes to the bathroom. He then ends up in the tub to help relieve the skin inflammation. It''s horrible to see what he goes through after he eats.

      over 3 years ago
    • jearlesred's Avatar

      I can relate. I just spoke to my GI about some of the suppositories recommended through you all (and bases on another question I asked). She said she wouldn't recommend any of these for pain - and didn't have any recommendations instead!

      over 3 years ago

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