Coping with aches & pains | Helpful resources, expert advice & community tips
Pain is probably one of the symptoms we most frequently associate with cancer. While it is true that many types of cancer do cause pain – because of where the cancer is located, for example – much of the pain, particularly muscle and joint pain, is often caused by cancer treatment. 😕
Lately we've seen lots of questions and discussions about managing these side effects - so in this post, we share useful resources, tips and expert advice on how to cope. ❤️
MUSCLE AND JOINT PAIN
Pain can be linked to where a tumour is in your body, so it may ease once you’ve had surgery to remove it. However, you may find that you start to experience aches & pains once your treatment starts, whether it involves radiotherapy, chemotherapy or medication, or any combination of these.
If you are struggling with muscle or joint pain, it’s best to let your specialist medical team or your GP know. They might recommend a course of prescription painkillers. Meanwhile, have a look at the Live Better With Guide to Aches & Pains for tips from our community.
Neuropathy is nerve disorder that can cause weakness, numbness, tingling, and pain in your hands and feet and can be a side effect of cancer treatment. How long do neuropathy symptoms last? Are there treatments for neuropathy? Is there anything I can do to ease these symptoms? We answer some frequently asked questions in our Guide to Neuropathy.
STOMACH PAINS & CRAMPS
When we refer to “stomach pain” we generally mean pain or discomfort in the abdominal region. This is the part of our body located between our chest and pelvis. It’s common for some types of chemotherapy to cause abdominal cramping, flatulence and a generally uncomfortable feeling in the stomach or abdominal area. What can you do to ease the discomfort? We look at helpful tips in our Guide to Stomach Pains & Cramps.
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