Coping with the pain that you experience because of your cancer and because of your treatments can be worse than coping with the cancer itself. That pain can center on one area of your body or cause a radiating form of pain that moves to other areas. Your doctor will likely send you home with prescription painkillers that reduce some of your pain. If you experience pain before you can take another pill or pain that the drugs cannot help with, you can try different home remedies to effectively cope with that pain.
Yoga and Meditation
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that brings harmony to the mind, body and spirit. Though some of the stretches and movements may seem too intense for your body, you can easily adjust those movements based on your comfort level. Meditation works effectively with or without yoga. Find a comfortable spot to sit in your home, take a few deep breaths and empty your mind. Some cancer patients find that they can completely control and manage their pain through the use of yoga and meditation.
A TENS machine is a type of biofeedback machine that sends an electrical pulse through your body. Once only available in doctors’ offices, these machines are now available for home use. Most have a sticky pad that sticks to the back of the machine and keeps the machine in place on your skin. You can switch between different settings and decide on the strength of the pulse. These machines even have cycles that rotate through those settings. Using a TENS machine for just 20 minutes a day can significantly reduce your cancer pain.
An effective method of pain control in cancer patients is internet counseling. When your bones and muscles hurt, the last thing you want to do is drive to a counselor for a session. With internet counseling, you can now chat with a licensed counselor from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a stable internet connection and a web cam. That camera lets your counselor see you, and you can see the counselor on your own computer screen. Counselors can teach you how to manage your pain and show you coping mechanisms too. With these home remedies, you can manage and control all the joint, bone and muscle pain associated with your cancer.