At least 50-75% of cancer patients experience serious pain at some stage of their disease. At Pain Solutions in Nashua, Gilford, and Concord, New Hampshire, the caring pain management specialists understand that cancer pain can be debilitating and depressing. Expert physicians James Mirazita, MD, and PK Suchdev, MD, offer effective treatments to relieve your pain and preserve your quality of life. Book your appointment by calling the office nearest you or scheduling online anytime.
Cancer pain is quite complex because it often has more than one cause. Sometimes, cancer pain comes from a tumor that's pressuring a nerve, bone, or other part of your body. Depending on the location and whether your cancer has spread, your pain could be localized in a small area or nearly bodywide.
In other cases, the cancer treatment itself, such as surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy, can cause pain. If you already have another unrelated chronic pain-causing condition before your cancer diagnosis, such as peripheral neuropathy caused by diabetes, the pain of that condition may increase during your cancer treatment.
If your current approach to cancer pain isn’t working or just isn’t effective enough, it’s time to consider a more personalized approach to cancer pain management at Pain Solutions. The skilled pain management team determines why you’re having pain using advanced diagnostic testing. Then, they prescribe an individualized cancer pain management program for you.
The best cancer pain management plan is one that’s unique to you. Treatment approaches include:
With medication management, your pain specialists carefully select the medications to give you optimal pain relief. A wide range of medications can help with cancer pain, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, acetaminophen, and opioids. Additionally, some medications that are technically meant for other uses, such as anti-depressant and anti-seizure drugs, could potentially help with cancer-related pain.
There are many types of injections that could help with cancer pain. Nerve blocks are long-lasting injections that deaden sensation around the specific nerve where injected. A nerve block can significantly relieve pain in many situations. For example, if you have severe localized pain around a tumor on an internal organ, a nerve block could help.
A spinal cord stimulator is a small implant that delivers mild electrical current to your spine. It essentially masks pain signals, preventing your brain from processing them as pain. You control the spinal cord stimulator with an external remote that you use when you feel pain coming on.
There are also a number of other cancer pain management options available. Your pain management specialists coordinate with your cancer specialists and other medical providers to make sure your treatment is safe and effective.
For compassionate cancer pain management, call Pain Solutions or click online booking now.