• Is anyone getting pain meds while on chemo?

    Asked by warrior on Thursday, December 29, 2011

    Is anyone getting pain meds while on chemo?

    I have expanders in my chest for my breast reconstruction. Sometimes it is so painful I can cry. The plastic feels like it is going to break through my skin. My onc says she is charge of my chemo and my plastic surgeon will not give me anything, she says and I agree that my onc should be the one prescribing any medication while I am taking chemo.

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Sorry you are having trouble. My experience through treatments, 3 different cancer diagnosis, has been that if I have pain, I tell them I have it and I want something done about it. It's your body, don't lay around hurting. Some things they can help, not get rid of when it comes to pain, but they can certainly help. Call your doctor and tell them what's happening and you need some help. Most of the time they don't want you in pain and uncomfortable, if there is anything they can do they will.
      Good luck to you in your treatments, I wish you well.

      over 8 years ago
    • danellsar's Avatar

      Your oncologist should be the one managing your meds while on chemo. However, if you are in pain, they should be treating your pain!! My husband has been on pain meds since before he started his first chemo. He takes them all the time for the pain from the tumors. At the cancer center when he's treated, pain control is #1. Every visit they ask about pain, every single time, and then make any adjustments necessary.

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      My MO has been great about meds for any chemo side effects, including pain meds for the bone/joint pain I get for a few days from the Neulasta shots after each chemo treatment. Your situation may be a little different though, since your pain is not from the chemo. Any possibility of postponing the reconstruction until after Chemo is completed? Either one is a lot to deal with, but dealing with both concurrently sounds really tough.

      over 8 years ago
    • warrior's Avatar

      Thanks for your help. Almost everyone I have spoken to was able to get pain meds if needed during chemo. I am going to have to learn to speak up more and not let my doctor intimidate me. The expanders were put in immediately after the double mastectomy. I waited four weeks before they started to get filled. My plastic surgeon says that the pain is getting worse because my nerve sensation is coming back. She told me to take two Aleve a day, before they get inflamed. This has taken the edge off. I am just so upset with my chemo doctor because I feel that she should be the one watching over what I mix with my cocktail.
      Warrior (donna)

      over 8 years ago
    • TeriRPH's Avatar

      Yes, you need to be more demanding about your pain management. There are many different types of medications you can take to alleviate pain. Saying things like "my pain is keeping me from getting enough sleep" or "my pain is keeping me from going to work" might be helpful when speaking with your doctor. Take a look at this article about pain management from the mayo clinic for some tips in speaking with your doctor about pain.


      Best Wishes

      over 8 years ago

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