- Acute pain
This often starts suddenly and feels ‘sharp’. It usually lasts days or weeks. Acute pain usually stops when the cause of the pain has been treated or tissue in the area has healed.
Acute pain can be caused by things such as:
- an operation
- a broken bone
- an infection.
If acute pain is not relieved, it may become chronic pain. For example, if you have pain after surgery, it may cause you to move the area less. This may mean it takes longer for the area to heal.
- Chronic pain
Chronic pain lasts for a longer time, usually for 3 months or more. It may be caused by the cancer or sometimes by long-term effects of cancer treatments.
- Breakthrough pain
This is a sudden pain that ‘breaks through’. It usually happens when chronic pain is being controlled with regular long-acting painkillers. Breakthrough pain is common.
Sometimes it is not clear why it happens. It may be because
- the effect of the regular long-acting painkillers has worn off and the dose is not high enough
- the pain is worse at a certain time of day or evening
- of sudden movement or even coughing.
Breakthrough pain can be successfully treated with short-acting painkillers. Increasing the dose of your painkillers can also help. People often take long-acting painkillers and use short-acting painkillers when they need to.
Using a short-acting pain killer can be especially helpful if you plan to do something more energetic or if there is an event you want to go to.
- Bone pain
If the cancer has spread to the bones, it can cause pain. If the cancer started in the bones, this can also cause pain, but it is less common. The pain may be a dull ache that does not go away. It is often worse when you move.
- Soft tissue pain
This is when there is damage to, or pressure on, your organs or muscles. For example, when the liver is swollen it causes pain and discomfort in the abdomen.
- Nerve pain
Nerve pain is also called neuropathic pain. It is caused by pressure on the nerves or by nerve damage due to the cancer or its treatments. It can come and go and the area may feel numb or sensitive. You might describe the pain as:
- burning or tingling
- stabbing or shooting
- pins and needles.
Certain anti-nerve pain drugs and other treatments can be used to treat nerve pain.
- Referred pain
This is when you feel pain in one part of the body in another area that is further away. For example, someone with a swollen liver may feel pain in their right shoulder. This is because pain signals from the liver travel along the same nerves as signals from the skin. The brain confuses them and thinks the pain is coming from a different place.
- Phantom pain
This is when you experience pain in a part of the body that has been removed. For example, this could be after having a limb amputated, or sometimes after a breast is removed (mastectomy).
Phantom pain can cause different pain sensations which are very real to the people who experience it. It can improve with time and may eventually go away. It may be complicated to treat and is usually managed by expert doctors at a pain clinic.
**We aim to move away from the over-the-counter Opioids (painkillers) with natural herbs / oils.**
Our suggested supplements to reduce and manage pain effectively without any side affects:
- CBD Suppositories
- Full Extract Oil drops
- Broad Spectrum CBD Sports Recovery
- 600mg CBD Capsules
- CBD Pain Relief Balm
- CBD Gout Relief balm
- Joints capsules
- MSM Crystal powder
- Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin Seed) softgels
- Moringa capsules
- CBD & Full Extract Capsules
- F.E.C.O. 1ml
- Turmeric Blend capsules
Note: The products can be added to your basket separately via the links above. You do not have to take everything at once, as these are only the available options that we suggest, However, a combination of natural herbs / oils always works best.
Also be patient and remember – these are natural and NOT miracle remedies. Health Benefits will last longer and without any side affects from chemicals and other unnatural substances.
Remember: Prevention (supplementing on a daily basis) – is better than cure.