CANCER AND PAIN AND HORMONES

Reverend
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CANCER AND PAIN AND HORMONES

Hi. I have oral tumours, mostly in my salivary glands. I am experiencing some negative changes now, 3 years in, hormonal difficulties - I am a man, I read that the body drains hormones to produce and manage pain relief and manage bad pain. And with excessive pain, these hormone levels can deplete badly, and leave the organs in trouble. My pain is very bad. Also, that the cancer itself disturbs my hormones and produces it's own hormones. Is anybody else in the same boat? The pain is pretty much devestating me, and this up and down hormones and the resulting misery is awful. I never have a steady happy mood now, and feel terrible all the time, I am in stage 3 I guess now, heading towards stage 4. Any advice greatly appreciated.Thanks, God Bless. Happy Christmas.

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LindaG
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Hi Reverend, welcome to the forum. Can you get your pain managed better? Pain def makes you depressed! And the hormonal changes too! No wonder you’re feeling so low. So sorry. Try and see your specialist for more pain relief if possible. Love and prayers to you 🙏💕. Linda 

Wegotthis
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Hey my friend 

I just commented on your other post. 

I understand better of what you are going through because of this post. 

3 years of dealing with this is a long time. 

I hope I didn't sound too judgmental in my other comment.

I can't say I understand what you are going through. I'm very fortunate that my side effects are not anything like yours. 

Like Linda mentioned you should be asking your health team to see if there is something they can give you to help control the pain. 

Have you or can you try smoking medicine weed. I had a prescription many years ago because it became illegal to smoke it. But because of being involved in children ministry I felt convinced that it was wrong. I was going to use it to help me sleep better. 

How that I have cancer I would definitely thank about it if I thought it would help. 

I would step down for children ministry just because I believe it's the right thing to do. 

Unfortunately if I was to choose to use it it also means I would have to break a federal law . As a follower of Chirs I  struggle with that... 

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Reverend
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Thank you, for your very kind reply to me and your good advice, it cheered me up. I appreciate that. I will do my best to get my pain managed better, the morphine has it's problems, and does not always bring out the best in me sadly. I am a Minister now, but was an alcoholic once. So it is always a struggle to not lose my sobriety, CBD can be a danger too. Thank you. God Bless you.

Reverend
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Thank you, don't worry, I understand. It is always better to speak faith and speak positive, at all times. That is good advice. I am so happy to talk to a Christian, I pray God blesses your Ministry. You seem like a great person. I am glad and thankful for your advice, and you words of wisdom. Thank you. I have morphine now, but the constipation is terrible. Almost worse than the tumor pain. But I will keep going. I will pray that you will die of old age, a long time from now, and not of cancer, Amen. I will pray and defend you in the spirit, and God will intervene for you. Amen. I already prayed before dinner. God bless you and your Wife and Family tonight. Thank you. I appreciate you very much.

Wegotthis
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Rev

Merry Christmas brother...

Thanks for commenting on my reply. 

Also thanks for reminding me about side effects of the meds that we take. 

One of mine is known for causing mood problems. I'm pretty laid back and happy go lucky. I was afraid that I would change. I sat  with my wife and a few people at work and talked about the possibility. The last thing I want is to become a jerk. Thank God it hasn't happened. 

I respect you for mentioning that you where/ are a alcoholic. I come from a family that has many alcoholics. My father was a abuse alcoholic . I  was afraid that I would be just like him. I never really enjoyed drinking alcohol. It never became a problem for me. 

I did give up hard alcohol 12 years ago. Some reason God put it on my heart not to drink alcohol anymore. So I stopped drinking 6

years ago. I do enjoy non alcohol beer 🙂

My walk with God just started like 12 years ago. My faith in God was sealed during the time we bought my mom home on hospice. 

It was a blessing in so many ways. 

I know that I have cancer but everything I been through just over 13 months has been the best case scenario.  I probably haven't had a cold for over 10 years. But I hit a wall last year with my health. Funny thing is I woke up one morning with pain in my right shoulder. Long story short. I didn't need surgery but some how I torn my rotator cup. Blood work revealed that I was pre diabetic. 

White blood cells count was high. 6 months later I was in pain. Saw my doctor so she could give me a referral to my sport doctor and I showed her a few lumps i found. 

Its been crazy every since. 

I'm so at peace with all this. I know God is making this one of those best of a bad situation. Even my cancer doctor doesn't understand why I'm doing so well. I feel great and I'm putting on weight. My blood work shows I'm no longer a pre diabetic. My white blood cells count is almost perfect.  My red cells are just under being prefect. The chemotherapy I'm being given nickname is the Red Devil. It's definitely not living up to its name. 

Sadly I feel guilty because I'm doing so well. 

Why is God protecting me!!!  Why did we just lose a 32 year old young lady from my church to cancer?

I have to believe it's because He's expecting me to remind people to praise Him during the time we are walking in a valley. It's easy to praise Him and be thankful when we are floating on a cloud. 

I can honestly say I'm thankful that I have cancer. I'm using this to left Him up. This has opened up a  lot of opportunities. 

I do have a confusion to make. I suck at praying everyday. I honestly don't understand why I do. 

 

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LindaG
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Hi Reverend, hope you were able to find some joy on Christmas Day. I’m so grateful I’m a Christian but during the worst days of chemo and side effects I really felt abandoned by God! I kept telling myself I wasn’t, but it was a real spiritual battle. One I’ve not experienced before. It was only the scriptures that kept me going. Now I’m better and just trying to feel normal again. I look different and my emotions are different now. Hope you’re doing better with your side effects 🙏💕 Linda G 

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Timo69
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 Hi Reverend, I am a male of 52 years and I've also struggled with hormonal imbalance my whole adult life which has been very difficult to manage. I got a dire (in type though thankfully not stage) nasopharyngeal cancer (sinus cancer) diagnosis just after I turned 50 years old. I've since struggled with that and continued hormonal issues exacerbated by the stress of cancer treatment. My hormonal imbalance is caused by overactive adrenal glands (inherited maternal side) producing too much cortisol (stress hormone) and too much adrenaline. This has also lead to nasty digestive related issues like IBS-D. 

 

High stress over a long period of time is massively damaging systemically and I've thrown the book at trying to get the resultant inflammation down. Unfortunately, success has been mooted and I believe the inflammation was a large contributor to my cancer development (in combination with inhaling carcinogens). I have most recently found an wonderful herbal treatment called 'Ashwaghanda'. It is very tested and very powerful at inhibiting the hormone over response of the adrenals. I am only on a mild anti-depressant in combination with it and I've recently found myself in a very calm place. I am able to get out and about without panic or anxiety now and are generally much happier.

 

It is critical to try and calm those hormone releases in whichever way you may. Meditation, a pet, walking in nature, reading, whatever! You'll know when your inflammation markers reduce as the body pains will significantly reduce. A diet high in anti-oxidants is really helpful as well. I follow the Mediterranean diet and it's really working for me.  Keep battling and all of the best.

 

Timo

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