Severe or persistent pain is often the most debilitating aspect of living with cancer, but advanced treatments like radiofrequency nerve ablation can help. Board-certified neurologist and pain management specialist Amer Kazi, MD, offers relief for people with cancer pain at Indiana Pain & Spine Clinic in Granger, Indiana. To discover the most effective options for cancer pain management, call or book an appointment online.
Many people with cancer experience pain that’s sharp and severe or dull and constant. About 25-50% of people report pain at the time of their cancer diagnosis, while up to 75% feel pain as the disease progresses.
Cancer pain is a complex sensation that can have devastating effects on your quality of life. As a neurologist and pain management specialist, Dr. Kazi devotes careful attention and ongoing assessment to your particular cancer pain syndrome.
Cancer pain results from both damage to your body and your body’s response to that damage. There are two main sources of physical cancer pain:
This is the more common type of cancer pain. Nociceptive pain happens when your nerves send pain signals due to damage in a part of your body. This usually feels like a dull ache or pressure.
This type of pain occurs due to damage in your nervous system itself. Neuropathic pain usually creates sharp, shooting, or stabbing sensations.
First, Dr. Kazi performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history to determine the source of your pain. He may ask about the intensity and type of your pain (e.g., dull, sharp, or stabbing) to understand your symptoms.
Then, he works with you to create a personalized pain management plan to improve your quality of life. Depending on your needs, cancer pain management may include:
Epidural and facet blocks involve injections of numbing medications into your back. These injections block nerve transmission, which causes a loss of feeling in certain parts of your body.
During this procedure, Dr. Kazi uses a special needle to create a lesion on a nerve that’s causing pain. The lesion prevents the nerve from sending pain signals, which alleviates the sensation of pain.
This is a device that Dr. Kazi implants in your body. The device stimulates your spinal cord with electrical impulses that block pain signals.
An intrathecal pump is another surgically implanted device that sends pain medication directly to your spinal cord.
This is a surgical procedure to relieve pain and improve mobility in your spine. During kyphoplasty, Dr. Kazi repairs spinal fractures with a specialized cement.
For the highest-quality care in cancer pain management, call Indiana Pain & Spine Clinic or book an appointment online today.