It’s important to be able to describe your cancer pain in the best way possible so that your doctor can help you manage it. Luckily, the Youtube video “How to Describe Your Cancer Pain” gives details examples of how to word your feelings efficiently and honestly. Let’s find out more!
Treating the Pain
Sometimes, the disease itself doesn’t cause pain, but the treatments for it can wreak havoc on your body. For other patients, cancer alone hurts enough, so it’s vital to describe exactly what you’re feeling so that healthcare providers can treat it properly.
There’s long-term pain, also known as chronic pain, and short-term pain, known as acute pain. Most of the time, chronic pain can be caused by cancer pressing on an organ or by treatments that might have damaged some nerves.
Telling Your Doctor
A healthcare provider will ask you to rate your pain – normally on a scale of one to ten – which is known as the intensity of the pain. You need to learn how to identify what you’re feeling. If the pain is tolerable, you might rate it at a two or three. However, if the pain is affecting your daily tasks, you should rate it between eight and ten.
You can watch the rest of the video to find out more details about cancer pain, and you’ll be able to have an honest conversation with your doctor!