Chronic Cancer Pain

Chronic Cancer Pain

Chronic Cancer Pain is a result of the disease, the chemotherapy, or other treatments. This sort of pain is common in cancer patients, but not everybody who has cancer will experience chronic pain. According to the researchers at Cancer-Pain.org, “approximately 30% to 50% of people with cancer experience pain while undergoing treatment, and 70% to 90% of people with advanced cancer experience pain” (cancer-pain.org, 2002). In some cases, medication that is prescribed can be the cause of some pain, numbness, redness, or irritation. However, there is an alternative to medications.

At SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy in Pleasanton, our peripheral neuropathic treatments are noninvasive and have helped hundreds of people find pain relief. If your medications are no longer working or have produced other symptoms, you need to know that there is an alternative solution. Call (925) 393-0100 to schedule an appointment today.

Why Does Chronic Cancer Pain Occur?

When the nerves in the body are affected, people begin to feel pain, but chronic pain comes from the constant feeling of pain. When the nerve endings in the body sense damage to a particular body part, pain will naturally be transmitted through the body. Essentially, the nerves send signals through nerve pathways to the brain, and the signals are interpreted as pain, which is the case with all different types of pain. Often times, following chemotherapy, those nerve pathways are also damaged and can cause more pain. Pain that occurs from your condition or the treatment can become chronic pain if not given the proper attention. Changes to the nerves in the body from the disease and from chemotherapy are immanent in most cancer patients, and the subsequent result is pain from nerve damage.

To learn more about how SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy in Pleasanton can help you find pain relief, make an appointment or call (925) 393-0100, today.

How Does SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy Assess Your Chronic Cancer Pain?

Assessing pain is actually one of most difficult things to do for doctors because it’s about communication, and establishing a dialogue about pain between the patient and doctor can be a little challenging based on the amount of information to obtain in a short amount of time. For instance, a typical assessment will begin with consulting your health history. Doctors will want to know if the pain is intermittent or constant, the kind of pain (e.g., stabbing, burning), pain triggers, when pain is more likely to occur during the day, and how much pain you are in on a scale of 0-10. After establishing a dialogue of your situation and understanding the extent of your pain, doctors will inquire about previous treatments and any medications you are taking. Some doctors may ask you to keep a journal that details when you have pain and types of pain that occur to better understand the patterns. A good assessment will help doctors understand what type of treatment will best suit you to relieve the amount of stress you have.

Don’t let your Chronic Cancer Pain prevent you from participating in life! Visit SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy or call (925) 393-0100 to speak with one of our Peripheral Neuropathy professionals today.

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