Managing cancer pain

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Managing cancer pain

I struggle with stage 4 anal cancer and experience a great deal of pain from a rectal tumor.   Pain also comes from radiation burns on my scrotum. Unfortunately, my body won’t tolerate common oral remedies such as Tylenol, ibuprofen, or aspirin. I’ve also tried three opioids (morphine, oxycodone, and methadone) and the prescription drugs tramadol and dilaudid without success.

But what helps a great deal is applying a lidocaine topical cream every few hours. It deadens the pain enough to sit comfortably and to sleep. The one I use is LIDOCANE PLUS (note the spelling) available for $14.50 a tube on Amazon-USA; see this link: I’ve  purchased about 25 tubes.

If anyone has advice to share about managing pain with medication, I’d love to hear from you.

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