Cancer

Cancer is something we all hope we don’t have to endure, but if we do, we should know how to feel better. Cancer is extremely tough on our bodies with very common symptoms of fatigue, pain, and nausea. 

Fatigue:

Cancer fatigue is a fatigue that makes you too exhausted to do anything. Rest doesn’t even help with this type of fatigue.  To help this, don’t push yourself.  Don’t force yourself to do more than you can.  Having a good support system is key. Having family and friends to help with day to day chores will really help you manage your fatigue.  Napping will help you too. When you can, exercise. A daily walk, even a short 15 minute duration one will help you feel more alert and stronger. Eating a healthy and balanced diet can also help you. It will give you the nutrition your body needs most and some energy. Watching your medications and checking their side effects could also be adding to your fatigue. Yoga and acupuncture could benefit your energy levels. 

Pain:

Spreading cancer can lead to some serious aches and pain. It can be in every section of your body. It can be mild or severe. It can be temporary or stay for a long duration.  Heating pads or ice packs can benefit you. Learning meditation may give you relief, as well as acupuncture. Massage is another good outlet to reduce pain.  If medication is your route of choice, NSAIDs like aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen will be beneficial. 

Nausea: 

Cancer that is treated with chemotherapy and radiation have a higher chance of causing nausea and vomiting. There are medications that control nausea that your doctor can prescribe.  Having smaller, lighter meals will also help. Marijuana has also been used to treat nausea in certain States.

If you have cancer, you are not alone.  There are ways to manage your pain, speak to your doctor for relief.  

 

http://www.webmd.com/cancer/dx-next-steps-16/ease-cancer-side-effects?page=2