Chemotherapy can cause some side effects that can be painful. The drugs can damage nerves, leading to burning, numbness, tingling or shooting pain, most often in fingers or toes. Some of the drugs can also cause mouth sores, headaches, muscle pains, and stomach pains.
Not everyone receiving chemotherapy or who have cancer experience pain from the treatment or disease. But, if you do, it can be relieved. Itís important that you tell your doctor or nurse if you are experiencing pain. Explain to them where it is, what it feels like (ex. throbbing, stabbing, dull), how often you get it, if anything relieves it, etc. Itís also useful to use a scale to describe the intensity of it. 0 being none, and 10 being the worse. There are many different medications available to help control pain.
Here are a few suggestions that can help:
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