If you had pain during treatment, it will usually get better as your tissues heal. Sometimes pain or discomfort lasts for several months or more.
Always tell your doctor if you have a new pain or pain that is getting worse. They can arrange tests to find out the cause. Pain can happen for different reasons. It may be caused by a late effect of treatment such as trismus (jaw stiffness), scar tightness or nerve damage. Sometimes it may be a symptom of cancer coming back.
It is natural to feel anxious if you develop pain. But it is important to get it checked out as soon as possible so that you can have treatment for it.
To help your doctor understand your pain, tell them:
- where it is
- how bad it is, using a scale of 0 to 10
- whether it is constant or comes and goes
- if anything makes it worse or better
- how it affects you, for example when you move, eat or sleep
- if you would describe the pain as aching, burning, dragging, intense, tender or throbbing.