Helping a good friend try and balance her pain meds after surgery last week, and writing Monday's post got me thinking. What are my favorite pain killers? My drugs of choice? Once again, I understand that many myeloma patients aren't plagued by bone involvement that results in chronic pain. But I am, as are a
What do stem cell transplants and marijuana have in common? Nothing that I'm aware of. I simply had two important, unrelated parcels of information I wanted to get out to start the week. Here's hopeful allogeneic (donor) stem cell transplant data from John Theurer Cancer Center in New Jersey, published in the Journal of Biology
Let's not beat-around-the-bush. In no particular order, here is my list of pain management suggestions I've saved from readers over the years: - Don't be afraid to take over-the-counter and/or prescribed pain medications. Seems simple enough, but you would be surprised to know how many people don't follow this advice; my wife and father are
Pain. Many people without cancer live with chronic pain everyday. Is it worse for those of us with terminal cancer? Each twinge or ache reminding us of our own mortality? Yesterday I promised a post filled with pain management tips. I hope I don't disappoint! Let's start with some insights that Myeloma Beacon readers shared
Most of you understand how important pain management options are for myeloma patients. I know dozens of survivors (including me!) living with chronic and sometimes severe pain caused by lesion ravaged bones. Broken legs, shattered ribs, collapsing vertebrae are all common. So I'm always concerned when proposals are made to limit access to pain medication.
Earlier this week I spoke to a group of 50 nurses near my home here in Florida. One of the other speakers–oncology nurse Elizabeth Finley with Moffitt Cancer Center–reminded the audience several times how important it is to keep patients moving. Elizabeth stressed the importance of making sure patients take their pain meds regularly. Why?
Like depression, the use, overuse and controversy surrounding pain meds directly affects a number of multiple myeloma patients--especially those of us with lasting bone damage. Here is an excerpt from one of the best and most balanced articles I have ever read on the subject: Chronic Pain Fuels Boom in Opioids By John Fauber, Reporter, Milwaukee
A few thoughts about how cancer patients are being denied pain meds in Florida I just finished reading a column by Tampa pharmacist David Craig in our local St. Pete Times. Titled Cancer patients denied needed pain treatment, the piece is critical of the new push in Florida to make oxycodone unavailable. Why? It’s a