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    cancer pain vs. central pain

    During one of not sleeping times, when I get to obsess non-stop, I got to wondering about cancer pain. Obviously, it's terrible, and oncologists know it and try everything to keep their patients' pain levels as low as possible. So, I started thinking - what do cancer patients feel, and where are their pains after cancer metastasizes? I've already got organ pain and bone pain, which cancer patients get, plus others that I don't know would be applicable in a cancer patient (like the entire body on fire.) How does it compare to what we feel?
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    Alan - I think it all depends where the cancer is. I know that bone metastasis are extremely painful. Spine mets are also extremely painful. I know that people with severe cancer pain with mets are on extremely large doses of drugs like oxycontin so I would conclude it is REALLY painful. It is always hard (and possibly futile) to compare levels of pain, but my guess is metastatic cancer pain in bone is really, really bad.

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    I do the same thing when the pain and now arm spasms keep me from sleeping -- 4 am rolls around, and I'm laying in bed with my body screaming and my mind racing.

    A colleague from my working days had multiple myeloma, which is cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow and is recognized as one of the most painful forms of cancer. He described the pain as feeling like his bones were constantly being fractured while burning from the inside. While I'll hopefully never know for certain, his description sounded a lot like he was experiencing something similar to the burning of central pain inside his bones.

    Since I had cancer in my spinal cord, my cancer pain was central pain.
    It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.

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    Sounds like my shoulder blades and vertebrae.
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