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Advanced Interventional Spine & Orthopaedic Consultants objectively treats and evaluates both acute and chronic spine injuries, including symptoms resulting from longterm dieases and conditions, as well as short-term such as auto accident injuries in Largo, Pinellas Park, Bradenton, and Lakeland. We use the latest treatment options to achieve maximum medical improvements, including treatments such as stem cell therapy.

Cancer Pain

Not everyone with cancer experiences cancer pain, but 1 of out 3 people undergoing cancer treatment does. If you have advanced cancer — cancer that has spread or recurred — your chance of experiencing cancer pain is even higher.

Cancer pain occurs in many ways. Your pain may be dull, aching or sharp. It could be constant, intermittent, mild, moderate or severe. Timothy Moynihan, M.D., a cancer specialist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., offers some insight into cancer pain, reasons why people might not get the pain treatment they need and what they can do about it.

What causes cancer pain?

Cancer pain can result from the cancer itself. Cancer can cause pain by growing into or destroying tissue near the cancer. Cancer pain can come from the primary cancer itself — where the cancer started — or from other areas in the body where the cancer has spread (metastases). As a tumor grows, it may put pressure on nerves, bones or other organs, causing pain.

Cancer pain may not just be from the physical effect of the cancer on a region of the body, but also due to chemicals that the cancer may secrete in the region of the tumor. Treatment of the cancer can help the pain in these situations.

Cancer treatments — such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery — are another potential source of cancer pain. Surgery can be painful, and it may take time to recover. Radiation may leave behind a burning sensation or painful scars. And chemotherapy can cause many potentially painful side effects, including mouth sores, diarrhea and nerve damage.

How do you treat cancer pain?

There are many different ways to treat cancer pain. The ideal way is to remove the source of the pain, for example, through surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or some other form of treatment. If that can’t be done, pain medications can usually control the pain. These medications include:

  • Analgesics, such as aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol, others)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others)
  • Weak opioid (derived from opium) medications, such as codeine
  • Strong opioid medications, such as morphine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, fentanyl or methadone

These drugs can often be taken orally, so they’re easy to use. Medications may come in tablet form, or they may be made to dissolve quickly in your mouth. However, if you’re unable to take medications orally, they may also be taken intravenously, rectally or through the skin using a patch.
Specialized treatment, such as nerve blocks, also may be applicable. Nerve blocks are a local anesthetic that is injected around or into a nerve, which prevents pain messages traveling along that nerve pathway from reaching the brain. Other therapies such as acupuncture, acupressure, massage, physical therapy, relaxation, meditation and humor may help.

Dr. Chowdhury is the leading objective auto injury doctor and personal injury doctor in Largo and the surrounding area (including Pinellas Park, Bradenton, and Lakeland) and is very experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of all auto-related injuries. For more information about our other services, such as stem cell therapy Largo, stem cell therapy Tampa, stem cell therapy Bradenton, stem cell therapy Pinellas Park, and stem cell therapy Lakeland, please contact Dr. Chowdhury directly at our objective accident clinic in Largo, which is open for patients Monday – Friday: 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M

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