To people living with a life-threatening disease such as cancer, life becomes precious. Therefore it becomes disheartening and actually erosive to quality of life, when pain becomes a part of each valuable day.
Cancer pain can result from the pressure of a tumor on bone, muscle or nerves or as result from radiation or chemotherapy. Treatments such as these can also irritate healthy tissue, causing pain, inflammation and sensitive nerves.
Cancer pain can weaken your ability to fight the cancer. If the pain has you in its clutch, you can lose your appetite and experience poor sleep, resulting in lack of nourishment and thus energy, leading to exhaustion and feelings of sadness. As this downward spiral continues, the person becomes weak and vulnerable to infection and unable to withstand cancer treatments.
It’s a misconception that cancer patients have to suffer such pain. As with any other pain, relief can be provided, establishing feelings of wellbeing and therefore increasing chances of recovery.
Cancer pain can be alleviated by strong pain killers or alternative, natural, drug-free methods such as TENS machines. TENS is a non-invasive, painless, effective method of pain relief. Pads are placed on or close to the area of pain. Once the unit is switched on, soothing pulses are sent via the pads through the skin and along nerve fibres, through the central nervous system to the brain. These pulse signals halt the pain signals from entering the brain. TENS machines also encourages the body to produce higher levels of its own natural pain killing chemicals called Endorphins and Encephalins.
You can use the unit as often as you wish and continue daily activities whilst receiving a treatment. It’s affordable and a one-time buy unlike the huge expense that can mount from constant medication.
Share with us your experiences especially with pain relief and any you have had with TENS machine.