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Pain Management and Lymphedema
RULE-OUT A RECURRENCE OF CANCER
Pain is often a lingering aftermath of breast cancer treatment. If this is be due to increasing swelling as fluid accumulates in the affected areas. Often this is an early warning sign of the lymphedema and/or an infection.
An even more important cause of this pain is a recurrence of the cancer. Therefore when ongoing pain is a problem, it is important to have your physician rule-out the recurrance of cancer as the cause of this problemOnce a cancer recurrence has been ruled out, the best action is to obtain prompt treatment and ongoing management of the lymphedema. Unfortunately for many lymphedema patients, despite their best efforts, pain continues to be a major problem particularly when it involves joints, muscles, and scars.
EXPLORING PAIN TREATMENT OPTIONS
No one wants to chronically need to take pain medication, and many patients seek alternative “Drug Free Options” that will work for them. The following are suggestions for such remedies for chronic pain.
The effectiveness of these alternatives varies according to individuals. An important part of their success is the ability to take control of his or her pain control method. The key message here, when trying a new method, is to remember, “If it doesn’t feel right for you, STOP! Listen to your body!” Just because a program is recommended by an “expert,” does not necessarily mean this program is right for you.
COMPARING COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE METHODS
The following methods have been successful for some individuals in controlling pain. Before starting a new pain control program, particularly if it involves specific foods, supplements, or strenous exercises, consult with your doctor and your lymphedema therapist.
© LymphNotes 2011. This information does not replace the advice of a qualified health care professional.
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