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    bavin wrote on ericaleigh's wall

    Hey! Just wanted to see how everything is going! I had thyroid cancer and know how hard it can be as a young adult! Hope all is well!

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    bavin wrote on bigjan1's wall

    Hope all is going well! As a fellow thyroid cancer survivor i know it can be scary and frustrating at times, i am here if you need me!

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      Sorry I didn't see this until now, thanks so much for your well wishes. It certainly helps to know there are people here to help and talk to. Hope your doing good.

      about 8 years ago
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    bavin asked a questionThyroid Cancer

    How do you deal with chronic pain resulting from treatment that interferes with your life?

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    • Shoeless' Avatar

      I had nerve damage from the surgery resulting in constant pain. I ended up seeing a pain specialist who performed a nerve block, which didn't get rid of all the pain but at least brought it down to a bearable level. I still occasionally have to use a lidocaine patch but it's much better than it was before. And then there's the gabapentin and amytriptoline for nerve damage - it helps.

      over 8 years ago
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      I think I would try finding a pain clinic or a different doctor. Also, massage has helped me when I have pain; meditation can be helpful, but it's hard to meditate when you are in pain. You might consider acupuncture or acupressure. A fellow myeloma patient of mine reminds fellow patients that one doesn't need to be in pain--there are options and strategies and some health care person can help you find them. Best wishes. Hope you find something that works.

      over 8 years ago
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      I have been out of treatment for a very long time. I have had problems with Migraines and now I have Intracranial Hypertension (too much pressure in the head), I had extensive surgery in my neck which caused nerve damage so I have had pain most of my life from this. I use the Salon Pas arthritis pads or ice packs on my neck to help the muscles relax (hot then cold). Plus lots of meditation, I found the hypnotic cd's to be really helpful. The pain meds are great but when they wear off you end up with rebound pain. Its really frustrating to go through this every day - I understand what you are going through. Tracy

      over 8 years ago