Painkillers Are Safe For Thyroid Cancer Patients?

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I want to ask what kind of painkillers are safe for thyroidectomy and thyroid carcinoma patients?

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Good morning, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Carcinoma or thyroid cancer is a disease of malignant growth of abnormal cells that occurs in the thyroid gland. The thyroid itself is a butterfly-shaped gland located on the front of the neck. This gland functions to secrete hormones that regulate the course of metabolism such as weight fluctuation, growth, body temperature and so on.

When a person has thyroid cancer, among the symptoms are a hard lump in the neck, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, a hoarse voice and there may be bleeding that comes out accompanied by weight loss for no apparent reason. Factors that increase the risk of thyroid cancer are:

Smoking overweight Family history of having similar abnormalities Gender of woman exposed to radiation exposure History of having thyroid disorders

Among thyroid treatments, there is such a thing as a thyroidectomy. This thyroidectomy is a surgical procedure that is performed to remove the thyroid gland, either partially or completely. Regarding your question, for pain management among cancer patients, post-operative thyroidectomy or other conditions are actually the same. Doctors have their own guidelines that divide pain into mild pain, moderate pain and severe pain. Because sometimes it is difficult to determine, usually the division is simplified again into mild-moderate pain and severe moderate pain.

This division has their respective drug classifications, which we at HealthReplies.com cannot prescribe or recommend painkillers other than those that are sold freely, which usually can only treat mild to moderate pain such as paracetamol. Meanwhile, postoperative patients, especially those with thyroid cancer, usually need stronger painkillers. So for that, we recommend that if you experience pain, control it and tell the doctor who treats you to prescribe painkillers, which if the medicine still can't reduce the pain, you can come back for stronger drugs. Because of the need for supervision and wise use, drugs other than green labeled drugs cannot be given just like that.

Meanwhile, of course you can take over-the-counter pain medication to help reduce pain. You can also apply warm compresses to your neck to further reduce pain. In addition, keep your immune system by consuming more water and foods rich in nutrients such as fruits and vegetables, avoiding cigarette smoke and stress, and getting adequate rest. We wish you and your family good health.

That's all, hope it helps.

dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa

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