Bone Cancer Pain

How to Manage Bone Cancer Pain

If you or a loved one is battling bone cancer pain, you’re likely looking for ways to manage the pain. This can be difficult, as many conventional medicines offer only short-term relief, while others are ineffective altogether. Fortunately, research reveals that several natural remedies can help relieve bone disease pain naturally.

Bone cancer can be very painful. There are many options for pain relief, including medication, radiation therapy, and an innovative treatment called cryoablation.

Why Is Bone Cancer So Painful?

A bone can become too fragile or too dense and develop due to a disruption in its bone cell function. These situations can cause intense pain by irritating the nerves within the bone or by stretching the membrane covering the bone.

Bone Cancer: Pain Medications

Most pain medication for bone cancer can be taken orally in liquid or pill form. Pain medication can also be administered via injections, a patch on the skin, or a rectal suppository.

Your doctor will prescribe the right medication based on how severe and painful your pain is.

Bone Cancer: Moderate to Mild Pain

Your doctor might recommend over-the-counter pain medication, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, Motrin, and Advil.

Some side effects of NSAIDs include stomach irritation, bleeding, easy bruising, and kidney damage. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if taken in large amounts.

Bone Cancer: Moderate to Severe Pain

Your doctor will most likely prescribe opioids for bone cancer pain relief if you are experiencing moderate or severe pain. Opioids are:

  • Codeine
  • Vicodin and Anexsia (hydrocodone)
  • Roxicodone or Oxycontin (oxycodone)
  • Palladone or Dilaudid (hydromorphone)
  • Duragesic (fentanyl)
  • Dolophine and Methadose (methadone)

Opioids can cause side effects such as:

  • Constipation
  • Sleepiness
  • Nausea and vomiting

You can reduce these adverse effects by taking additional medications.

Treatments for Burning and Tingling Pain

The best medications to treat nerve-related pain, also known as neuropathic pain, are those that cause tingling, numbness, or burning sensations. Anti-seizure and antidepressants are two examples.

The following anti-seizure medications are used to treat bone pain.

  • Neurontin (gabapentin)
  • Depakote (divalproex acid)

Antidepressants can have side effects like:

  • Dry mouth
  • Sleepiness
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness

The following antidepressants are used to treat bone pain:

  • Elavil (amitriptyline)
  • Tofranil (imipramine)
  • Adapin and Sinequan (doxepin)
  • Desyrel (trazodone)

These medicines will require a prescription. These drugs can be used to relieve nerve-related pain. However, they are not meant to cause depression or seizures.

Anti-seizure medications can cause side effects such as:

  • Liver damage
  • Light-headedness
  • Fatigue

Bone Cancer: Pain from Swelling

To relieve joint pain and bone inflammation, doctors often prescribe steroids such as Meticorten and Orasone (prednisone), and Decadron (dexamethasone). Although steroids are effective in relieving this kind of pain, side effects can be severe. These side effects include:

  • Fluid retention
  • Stomach discomfort and irritation
  • Bleeding of the stomach lining
  • Increased blood sugar
  • Muscle weakness
  • Increased risk of infection

Bone Cancer: Bisphosphonate Drugs

Bisphosphonate medication is often used to treat osteoporosis or brittle bone disease. As well as help strengthen weaker bone tissue and relieve pain from cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved two drugs for this purpose: Zometa (zoledronic Acid) and Aredia (pamidronate).

Side effects from bisphosphonates include:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Symptoms that resemble the flu and cold symptoms
  • Stomach and esophageal irritation

Bone Cancer: Radiation Therapy

To treat cancer pain, one should undergo radiation therapy. Doctors can direct radiation therapy at bone tumors to cause them to shrink and provide bone cancer pain relief. Another form of radiation therapy is injecting radioactive substances into the veins of patients. The radioactive substance will travel faster to cancer cells than to normal cells because they grow at a faster rate.

Bone Cancer: Freezing the Pain

Doctors are currently investigating a new way to relieve pain from bone cancer. This involves freezing cancer cells upon contact. This method is known as cryoablation. Doctors direct a thin probe through the skin to locate a bone tumor. The probe is used to place ice on cancer cells and freeze them. 

Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing pain from bone cancer. You don’t have to suffer in silence.

Our Treatment Services

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We want to help each patient live a more fulfilling and productive life by effectively managing their pain. Florida Medical Pain Management also provides home therapy and many more.Click here to see our other services.

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Those who have bone cancer pain can successfully manage the symptoms with the right education and planning. They will meet with positive outcomes and achieve a high level of functioning.

Our team of pain management providers in Florida has the experience to help you identify and provide bone cancer pain relief. We provide a wide range (over 200) of injections, physical therapy, imaging, education and other treatment options for patients suffering from all types of pain. Our goal at Florida Medical Pain Management is to ensure that our patients receive quality care, in a timely manner and to develop a three-way partnership with all of our patients by focusing on: listen, care and follow-up. If you are in need of pain management services that can help improve your quality of life, then you should make an appointment with Florida Medial Pain Management today.

If you have any questions regarding bone cancer pain prevention or treatment, don’t hesitate to contact Florida Medical Pain Management today!


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