Relief for Aching Joints
What can cancer patients suffering from joint pain do to relieve symptoms? First, talk to your doctor about your symptoms and about possible treatment methods for your arthralgia. They may recommend taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Tylenol or Advil. Your doctor may also prescribe a more powerful medication for pain relief. As the immune system is already weakened from the chemotherapy it is wise to be conservative with pain medication.
Are there natural ways to treat aching joints? Heat therapy is a wonderful remedy for joint and muscle pain. You can soak in a hot bath, adding a safe and gentle essential oil such as lavender to help with the inflammation and to soothe the nerves. Use five to six drops of the essential oil, adding to a cup of water and then adding to the bath. Another method is to apply a heating pad to the affected area for fifteen to twenty minutes at a time.
Simply eating a healthy diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes, and drinking plenty of clean water each day can help the body overcome chemo side effects. Making moderate physical activity a priority can help as well. Wonderful exercises for joint pain include swimming and yoga.
You can also talk to your doctor about alternative therapies that may help with aching joints as well as other chemotherapy side effects. Acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and meditation can all be beneficial.
Chemotherapy and aching joints are connected as this is a common side effect of some drugs. Not everyone will have joint pain and for some the symptoms will be mild. Be sure to talk to your doctor about arthralgia as well as all possible side effects to determine what can be done; there is always a solution for relief.