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Could morphine help prevent most pain in cancer patients?

Could morphine help prevent most pain in cancer patients?

Morphine is : ..A great drug, and it helps many patients deal with pain issues but there are many other drugs and non-pharmaceutical modalities to help cancer patients with pain. It should be an individualized approach. Docs and patients need to work together to find the proper treatment for each patient. It is not ok to live with pain or "suck it up". ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Upper abdominal and back pain which moves around, intermittent and sharp. Terrified of pancreatic cancer. Please help. Would pain from cancer move?

Upper abdominal and back pain which moves around, intermittent and sharp. Terrified of pancreatic cancer. Please help. Would pain from cancer move?

Need for examination: Pancreatic cancer is notoriously difficult to diagnose. There are many causes of abdominal pain and it is not feasible to provide an opinion without examining you and may be performing imaging study. Please see your doctor for a proper evaluation, . ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for esophageal pain from lung cancer radiation therapy?

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What is the best treatment for esophageal pain from lung cancer radiation therapy?

Radiation Esophagtis: You can use antacids to control the acid washing up from the stomach as well as meds such as nexium (esomeprazole).I also have a liquid mix that will topically numb the surface temporarily. Taking pain medicine on a regular basis say every 4 to 6 hours will help a lot. And last but not least a break from treatment is sometimes the best of all options. ...Read more

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Eating from chronic pain & chronic fatigue. Advice on preventing this maladaptive response?

Eating from chronic pain & chronic fatigue. Advice on preventing this maladaptive response?

One idea: You might need to see a specialist to talk this out but one suggestion I have is to change your snacks. Instead of eating processed foods, replace it with something healthy instead like celery sticks, carrots... These have zero to low calories and require a lot of energy to chew which might help you with weight, as well as your digestive system. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can tailbone pain and colon cancer be related?

Can tailbone pain and colon cancer be related?

Unlikely: Colon cancer would ordinarily not cause pain in the tail bone except on rare occasions when there is pelvic recurrence from a prior operation for colon cancer. ...Read more

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Is dying from COPD painful? Can the pain be managed to prevent suffering?

Is dying from COPD painful? Can the pain be managed to prevent suffering?

No: It depends on how your define pain. If you believe that gasping for air and feeling like you are unable to breathe is painful, then it does hurt. In actuality, COPD is a huge disability. You need many medicines, oxygen, breathing treatments, and have a limited exertional tolerance such that you might not even be able to leave the house. Morphine inhalation may open airways, but it's not for pain.. ...Read more

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Is back pain a symptom of colon cancer?

Is back pain a symptom of colon cancer?

Cancer pain: Usually not. Cancers are usually painless until they press on surrounding organs or nerves. Other symptoms for colon cancer should be observed, such as blood in stool. If there is any doubt, please see your internist or a GI specialist for a checkup, especially if you have a higher risk for cancer. ...Read more

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How to reduce pain from last stage liver cancer?

How to reduce pain from last stage liver cancer?

Options..: It really depends upon where the pain is coming from, the liver itself or somewhere else. Your oncologist will be able to tell you this. There are multiple treatments for cancer pain including pain meds, radiation therapy, endovascular chemo/y90, etc.. ...Read more

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Is pain associated with testicular cancer constant or comes and goes/varies in strength?

Is pain associated with testicular cancer constant or comes and goes/varies in strength?

It varies: Testicular cancer often presents as a painless mass, but this is definitely not a rule, and it may be painful. Any lump (mass) of the testicle should be brought to a physician's attention asap. ...Read more

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What's best management of cancer pain?

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What's best management of cancer pain?

Cancer pain: Managing cancer pain depends on what is causing the pain.In general patients will be given oral pain meds that are used every 4to6 hours, this is followed by meds given every 12hours.If this doesn't work patches can sometimes help, pumps can be used to deliver meds iv, occassionally an injection may be the best tool.Radiation is a great tool to manage cance pain as well. ...Read more

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Are lower back pain and testicular cancer related?

Are lower back pain and testicular cancer related?

Usually not: Testcular cancer may spread to the lymph nodes of the back but this is seldom painful. It seldom metastasizes to the bone. Your question is important and should be moot -- if there's a testicular mass it needs to be investigated, if a person has been treated for testicular cancer, low back pain isn't the normal way a recurrence presents. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Difference between back pain for kidney stone and back pain from kidney cancer?

Difference between back pain for kidney stone and back pain from kidney cancer?

Stones: Small stone can cause terrible pain; usually kidney ca painful if larger tumor more advanced. Stones far more common. ...Read more

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Absence of fever, how to distinguish pancreas pain from peptic ulcer pain assuming presentation luq burning pain radiating to back?

Absence of fever, how to distinguish pancreas pain from peptic ulcer pain assuming presentation luq burning pain radiating to back?

RX PUD & AP as one: Source of abdominal pain can be very difficult to identify in the older adult. Due to the vague
nature of symptoms that often present with abdominal pain, misdiagnosis is common. A current study showed that the prevalence of PUD in patients with acute pancreatitis was relatively high (52.6%), and the cause may be gastric mucosal ischemia,stressful condition due to AC Pancreatitis. Needs w/u for dx ...Read more

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Is back pain associated with esophageal caner constant or colicky?

Is back pain associated with esophageal caner constant or colicky?

Fairly constant: Bone pain may be hard to differentiate from ordinary low back pain or arthritis. Pain due to bone metastasis is fairly constant, even at night. It can be worse in different positions, such as standing, which may compress the cancer in a weight bearing bone. If the pain lasts for more than a week or two, doesn’t seem to be going away, and is unlike other pain previously experienced, see your doc! ...Read more

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High abdominal pain with history of liver failure pain woke from sleep?

High abdominal pain with history of liver failure pain woke from sleep?

Needs to be checked: But you are only 14 years old and you have to be at least 16 to ask questions on this site Who are you asking the question for.Ask them to get it checked as they have history of liver failure?as you say.Is it past history or has chronic liver failure and what caused it ...Read more

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Can tailbone pain be a sign of colon cancer ?

Very very unlikely: Tail bone pain is not a usual sign of colon cancer. Unless you have a strong family history or early onset colon cancer, you are too young to worry about it. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Are prostate problems/ prostate cancer typically associated with rectal pain? Butthole aches/slight pain.

Are prostate problems/ prostate cancer typically associated with rectal pain? Butthole aches/slight pain.

Not cancer: Prostate cancer is very rare in young men. In 30 years of oncology practice I have seen zero cases in men your age. Prostatitis, however, can occur in young men. The symptom is seldom in the anus per se, but more deep in the pelvis. The only way to know what your problem is, is to see a doctor. ...Read more

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How is cancer pain assessed?

Scale of 1-10: Pain is generally assessed on a scale of 1-10. One being normal and ten being the worst pain a person has experienced. ...Read more

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What causes cancer pain usually?

What causes cancer pain usually?

Nerve involvement: Tumor tissues invade surrounding normal tissues, including nerves and that can cause pain. Tumor infiltrating the bone causes weakness and overt or micro fractures that are painful. Inflammation often accompanies cancerous tissues and may contribute to the pain. ...Read more

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What can be done about cancer pain?

Much can be done: Most cancer pain can be controlled by a palliative medicine or pain specialist. It may take a combination of medications that work in different ways, interventional procedures such as nerve blocks or implantable pain pumps, radiation therapy and other modalities such as massage or acupuncture. ...Read more

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What can I do about pain from cancer?

Pain specialist.: Have you spoken with your physician about consultation with a pain managment specialist? ...Read more

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What's best management of cancer pain?

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Cancer pain: Managing cancer pain depends on what is causing the pain.In general patients will be given oral pain meds that are used every 4to6 hours, this is followed by meds given every 12hours.If this doesn't work patches can sometimes help, pumps can be used to deliver meds iv, occassionally an injection may be the best tool.Radiation is a great tool to manage cance pain as well. ...Read more

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What nonaddictive medicines may be given to help ease cancer pain?

What nonaddictive medicines may be given to help ease cancer pain?

Start simple:: Acetomenophen 1st, non-steroidal (ibuprofen and ilk), neural interactive (gabapentin, amytryptiline, analeptics. ...Read more

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Which is now the top post-op cancer pain medications?

Depends: Depends on the type if surgery. Speak with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter drug or pill can I buy for pain from cancer?

What over-the-counter drug or pill can I buy for pain from cancer?

Ibuprofen, etc.: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents like Ibuprofen are sufficient to help many people with cancer pain. You have my sympathy; good luck. ...Read more

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Is tramadol used for cancer pain?

Yes: Tramadol can be an effective pain relieving medication, including for cancer patients. ...Read more

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Is there cancer pain so intense that it cannot be controlled by any medication at home? What do they do in a hospice for it?

Is there cancer pain so intense that it cannot be controlled by any medication at home? What do they do in a hospice for it?

Yes/No: Pain medicines come in the form of tablets(oral use) or injectables which can be given under the skin(Sub Q) or given IV. Of these chocies SubQ and oral can be easily done at home but IV therapy requires a professional, frequently a Physician, who may be limited in availability, yet it can be arranged. It is all a matter of how best to keep patient comfortable. IV Pain meds can control any pain. ...Read more

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When popping feels like popping a pinecone. Blood with initial wipe. Gone after second wipe. Fissure? Cancer? Pain gone after BM

When popping feels like popping a pinecone. Blood with initial wipe. Gone after second wipe. Fissure? Cancer? Pain gone after BM

Hard feces: You're describing a situation which, if it does not improve on increasing the fiber in your diet, would probably be best remedied by using a stool softener. If this does not bring relief in two weeks, or if the pain becomes more severe or lasting, a physician office visit is in order. ...Read more

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What does pancreatic cancer pain feel like?

What does pancreatic cancer pain feel like?

Highly variable: Each person is different. Much of the early stage of pancreas cancer has no pain. Later stage pancreas cancer can cause a severe boring pain from the mid upper abdomen into the upper back. ...Read more

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What is the best way to take medical marijuana for cancer pain?

What is the best way to take medical marijuana for cancer pain?

Medical Marijuana: This answer will depend on the way you get access to marijuana. Many of my patients take this by ingesting marijuana in tea, butter, cookies or other baked goods. One does not have to smoke marijuana to get it's medicinal effects. But, smoking is also a common way that people get relief with this medicinal herb. ...Read more

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Could radiation therapy help me live my last few months with less cancer pain?

Yes: Many cancer patients that can not be cured may have pain or other symptoms. These problems can be helped by palliative radiation which is shorter and quicker. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause physical pain? Can my mind make me think I have pain that mimics cancer pain?

Can anxiety cause physical pain? Can my mind make me think I have pain that mimics cancer pain?

Mental pain: Yes, Your mind can cause problems but also has the power to fix problems. See a mental health practitioner. ...Read more

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After chemotherapy sessions for cervical cancer, pain in bones is normal or not ?

Drugs effect: The cause of the bone pains is either your oncologist gave you taxane drug which causes bony aches and pains and could have given you shot to boost your immunity called Neupogen which could cause you much pains. ...Read more

Analgesia (Definition)

Analgesia is the decrease or absence of pain sensibility without a loss of consciousness. Experiencing pain relief may happen without a person ...Read more