• How do you cope with the mental side effects of all the pain in these parts?

    Asked by HardyGirl on Friday, March 29, 2013

    How do you cope with the mental side effects of all the pain in these parts?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Can you clarify what you are asking? Are you talking about chemo brain? Emotional issues? Physical pain? What parts?

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I ask for and got a Pharma referral with a doctor who specializes in treating chemo patients. He put me xanx and lexapro to help keep me on an even keel, I also got a very mild sleeping pill, which I cut in half for when I experience insomnia, which is a real problem the day of and for 2-3 days after each infusion.

      I am also fortunate in the fact that the center where I am being treated has therapist who are trained to help cancer patients deal with day to day issues and moving forward. It is a 12 week program, and I get booster sessions as needed.

      Good luck.

      over 4 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      I would consider meditation. Our minds are far more powerful than we think and often, we can overcome much of what is bothering us, physical and mental by redirection of our thoughts (its not physically exertive either if that is a consideration). SueRae1's suggestion of a therapist is a good place to start if you need help.

      over 4 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      Hypnotism!! The center where I was treated has a psychological socil worker who was trained certified in hypnotism. It helped me greatly since I cannot take most pain medications. If your treatment center does not have someone trained in pain management there are private psychologists out there trained in pain management. Consult with your Dr. to see if your insurance covers this kind of treatment.

      over 4 years ago
    • lchapman2000's Avatar

      Hi Hardy Girl. I have experience with Endometrial Cancer and can relate to the pain from both the hysterectomy as well as the chemo and radiation in these areas. I think that I, unfortunately, experienced all of the possible side effects. However, I told my gynecological oncologist to hit it hard that I wanted to live. I am currently in remission. The treatment took a serious toll on my body but I am alive and currently there is no evidence of disease. I think you just take it a day at a time. You have to be upfront and honest with yourself and your oncologist. There is no need for you to be in pain. There is medicine to help with that. Also, there is medicine to help with anxiety. I also began talking to someone and learned to lean on my family and friends. My chemo friends became a support group themselves. It was nice knowing I wasn't going through it alone. I didn't find this support board until I was in remission. Luckily, you found it much sooner than I did. I think a big part of it is the severe hormonal change your body undergoes rapidly as a result of the hysterectomy and the fact that you can't really take any hormone supplements. It is hard to adjust which can cause many mood swings and emotional changes. I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster. I never knew what would trigger the crying or the rages but they would come. Now, about 1.5 years after surgery I am in much more control of my emotions. I don't feel so out of whack. I hope this helps in some small way. I am wishing you nothing but the best!

      over 4 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear HardyGirl,

      Hi. My name is Aliza and I'm a BC patient and also a retired Medical Librarian who helps out on this site by offering non medical advice, offering referrals to hospitals, institutions, and agencies, etc. and research to those who need it.

      I think SueRae1 and Clyde have an excellent idea for you re counseling. CancerCare is an excellent place to find one. Their Social Workers are specially trained to deal with the issues and concerns of Cancer patients and their caregivers only. Speaking with them isn't like "regular therapy". No one cares about your "toilet training" and no one is going to "blame your mother"...;) You can see a CancerCare Social Worker in person or speak to one by phone. It's up to you. They're great. I see one myself and cannot recommend it enough!

      I also think Clyde's idea of meditation is excellent! There are many different kinds!! Zen, Transcendental Meditation (I was trained in this about 20 years ago). Jerry Seinfeld endorses them now. If you browse the Self Help aisle or what Carrie Bradshaw of SATC jokingly referred to as the Self XXX Aisle of your local bookstore, you'll probably come across with a number of other types of meditation from which to choose. Zen is good, but it can be much more disciplined than TM.

      If there is anything else I can do for you in terms of research or referrals, please don't hesitate to ask me, I'm happy to help. Feel free to contact me here, or offsite at my email address.

      Warm wishes,


      over 4 years ago

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