Pain is the most common symptom of secondary bone cancer. There are different types of pain and they may need different treatments. There are many painkillers available to treat different types and levels of pain. They are usually very effective. Painkillers may be given alone or alongside other treatments. Your doctor or specialist nurse will discuss your pain with you. It’s important to let them know if it’s not controlled.
You may need to try a few different painkillers before you find one that works well for you. Sometimes, you may need to take a combination of painkillers to control the pain well.
You may have other treatments to help relieve pain. These include:
If your pain is stopping you from sleeping, your doctor may prescribe a mild sleeping tablet for you.
Other ways of relaxing and helping to reduce your pain include:
- listening to relaxation CDs
- a long soak in a warm bath
- having a massage to an area of the body that isn’t painful, such as a head, hand or foot massage.
Let your doctor or specialist nurse know as soon as possible if your pain isn’t controlled.
You can ask your doctor to refer you to a palliative care nurse. They are specialists in advising on pain and symptom control, and giving emotional support. They can visit you at home.
We have more information about managing cancer pain and controlling the symptoms of cancer.