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Effective Pain Management
By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

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Caregivers and loved ones may be reluctant to continue pain medication when constipation is the result.  The key to working with this side effect is to allow for the body’s changing ability to pass waste as usual.  Constipation may also be a result of compressed nerves or other factors that are at work in a health challenge.  Continuing medications is important, but advise the doctor about constipation and the success of any home remedies.  Combining simple fixes like diet and exercise with physician-prescribed solutions may be what is needed.

Laxatives and slow-release magnesium are over the counter remedies that are helpful, but should not be used without speaking to the doctor.  Overuse of laxatives can create or increase constipation in the long run.

There are prescribed medications which work to counteract the effects of various drugs.  “Antagonist” medications are given at the doctor’s discretion.  Discussion of possible medications to counteract medication effects can be done when there are problems noted, but as always, caregivers must give as much information possible to the doctor so he can be guided.


If an area is completely numb from treatment, pain may be an indicator that the area is “coming back to life,” however uncomfortably.  When pain is addressed within a reasonable time, corrective measures can be taken to alleviate it.  This assists the body in healing, and helps loved one and caregiver enjoy their time together as they move toward the next step in recovery.


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