- What do I need to know about pain control?
- Facts about cancer pain treatment
- What causes pain in people with cancer?
- Treating cancer pain
- Developing a plan for pain control
- Keep a record of your pain.
- Types of pain
- What if I need a different pain medicine?
- Medicines used to relieve pain
- Common questions about taking pain medicines
- Non-opioid pain medicines
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Opioid pain medicines
- Other types of pain medicine
- Other medical methods to relieve pain
- Non-medical treatments for pain
- Skin stimulation
- Emotional support and counseling
- Research on pain control methods
- To learn more
What do I need to know about pain control?
This information is written to help people with cancer learn about pain control. Reading this can help you:
- Work with your doctors, nurses, and pharmacists to find the best ways to control your pain.
- Know about different types of pain and how each type is treated.
- Learn about different types of pain medicines.
- Know about other ways to help manage pain.
- Take your medicines safely.
- Talk with your doctors and nurses about your pain and how well your treatment is working.
Having cancer does not always mean having pain. But for people who do have pain, there are many different kinds of medicines, different ways to take the medicines, and non-drug methods that can help relieve pain.
Pain can affect all parts of your life. If you have pain, you may not be able to take part in your normal day-to-day activities. You may have trouble sleeping and eating, and be irritable with the people you love. It’s easy to get frustrated, sad, and even angry when you’re in pain. Family and friends do not always understand how you are feeling, and you may feel very alone in your distress.
You should never accept pain as a normal part of having cancer. All pain can be treated, and most pain can be controlled or relieved. When their pain is controlled, many people can sleep and eat better, enjoy being with family and friends, and continue with their work and hobbies.
Only you know how much pain you are in. Telling your doctor and nurse when you are in pain is very important because pain is easier to treat when it first starts. It can also be an early warning sign of the side effects of your cancer treatment or some other problem. Together, you, your nurse, and your doctor can talk about how to treat your pain. You have the right to be treated for your pain, and you should insist on it.
Last Medical Review: 08/29/2013
Last Revised: 08/29/2013