Joints are where 2 bones in our bodies connect to each other. Joint pain, also called arthralgia, is defined as discomfort or pain that occurs in any joint of our body. It can be due to non-cancer causes like arthritis or gout, but is also a possible side effect of cancer and its treatment. For many people, joint pain is often accompanied by muscle pain, and can range from mild to severe.
Although rarely an emergency, joint pains can lead to fatigue and affect a person’s ability to carry out his or her daily activities. To reduce impact on your quality of life, it is important to inform your doctor or nurse promptly if you develop any joint pains.
Causes of Joint Pain
What you need to look out for
The duration and area of joint pain can vary from person to person. Some symptoms you may experience include:
How it can be treated
Your doctor will first determine the cause of your joint pain, by examining your joint and asking you more questions about the pain. The cause and treatment for joint pains in one specific area can be different from joint pains affecting multiple areas. Additional tests (e.g. xrays, blood tests) may be arranged if necessary. Based on the cause of the pain, your doctor may:
What you can do
Here are some tips to help you cope better if you experience any joint pains:
When to call your cancer care team
Please inform your doctor or nurse as soon as you develop the following symptoms that may indicate worsening or complications of the condition.
If you have any questions regarding the above, please call the Cancer Helpline at +65 6225 5655 or approach your doctor or nurse for further details.
The above contents have been approved by the Cancer Education Information Service, National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS), for people with cancer and their families and caregivers.
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