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Chronic pain has no purpose

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Chronic pain has no purpose

I realize that some people feel they need to live with pain. I don't have that feeling. Pain, when it's acute pain, has some meaning. It is a warning sign. It's telling you something. But with chronic pain, which is what most cancer pain is, unless for you personally it has some special meaning, doesn't have any purpose. And so we need to try to find all the ways we can to lessen that pain. With cancer pain, we can easily control 90 to 95 percent of cancer pain. There is that five or ten percent that is more difficult to control. Nerve pain falls in that area. But with health care providers working with a patient and a family, pain can be controlled. If you don't control it, it affects every part of your life.

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