Multiple Myeloma Pain Management & Control
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Pain Management for Multiple Myeloma
Many multiple myeloma patients arrive at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) experiencing bone and/or neuropathic pain. Unrelieved pain can interfere with everything in your life, including your appetite, energy level and mood. Our pain management team will help get your pain under control so you can use your energy to fight the disease.
Pain Control Methods for Multiple Myeloma
When you arrive at CTCA, you’ll meet with a pain management practitioner to assess your pain. Then, you’ll receive an individualized multiple myeloma pain management plan that includes pain control methods that are best suited to you.
Because of the complex nature of cancer-related pain, successful pain control often includes a combination of techniques, such as:
- Nerve blocks
- Pain patches or pumps
- Steroid injections
Sometimes, pain medications can make you feel sedated or fatigued. Your pain management practitioner will adjust your medications to seek a balance between pain relief and quality of life. The goal of pain management for multiple myeloma patients is to help you achieve pain control so that you can continue to participate in activities you enjoy throughout treatment.
A Team Approach to Pain Management
Throughout your multiple myeloma treatment, your pain management practitioner will reassess your pain and modify your plan accordingly. We really listen to you, so we’re able to understand your pain and take the appropriate steps to manage it.
We’ll also consult regularly with your oncologists and the rest of your multiple myeloma care team to help relieve other symptoms that may be contributing to your pain.
For example, your rehabilitation therapist may provide physical and occupational therapy, massage and gentle stretching to improve mobility and reduce pain. Your mind-body therapist may offer counseling, stress management and relaxation techniques to alleviate symptoms that contribute to pain, such as tension, depression or anxiety.
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