What Causes Mesothelioma Pain?
Most pain is caused by fluid buildup, a common mesothelioma symptom. As the tumor grows and expands, it produces fluid in the chest or abdomen. Fluid in the chest compresses the lung, causing intense pain. Mesothelioma pain can cause difficulty sleeping and loss of appetite as the fluid slowly crushes vital organs. Although the pain associated with mesothelioma cannot always be eliminated, there are many options for reducing your discomfort. In fact, effective mesothelioma pain management during all the various stages is an important factor in your quality of life. Additionally, the earlier pain treatment is begun, the more effective it is in providing relief. Below are some common approaches used for mesothelioma pain management. Medication Non-Opioid Drugs Certain medications called non-opioids may be prescribed to relieve mild to moderate mesothelioma pain. These include drugs such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen (M