Pain can play a major factor in a person’s quality of life. It affects a person physically, emotionally and mentally. This is why it is so important that pain be managed in an effective manner.
Pain management is defined as using many different approaches to relieve pain and improve the quality of life for those living with chronic pain. The foundation for successful pain management should include a partnership between you, your physician, your pharmacist and sometimes friends or loved ones. Other parties, such as a pain specialist, a surgeon, or physical therapist may also contribute to your care.
Acute vs. Chronic Pain (What is the difference?)
There are two kinds of pain, acute and chronic. Acute pain comes on suddenly and can last anywhere between a couple seconds to a few months. Acute pain can be mild or severe depending on the cause of the pain. It is important to know that acute pain will go away when the cause of pain has been treated, for example, the healing of a broken bone. However, chronic pain can appear slowly for no obvious reason or persist for months after an injury. Chronic pain can usually be described as a dull or achy pain and can last for months to even years. Chronic pain is often very difficult to treat because many times there appears to be no physical injury, like in the case of arthritis. It is usually chronic pain that requires a pain management approach.
How can chronic pain affect you?
Chronic pain can bother you physically and mentally and can follow you anywhere. Chronic pain suffers may change emotionally, struggle with normal everyday jobs, take less enjoyment in hobbies or activities and even begin to avoid activities all together. Chronic pain can also lead to a loss in productivity at work and in severe cases cause many absences from work. All these events can put stress on you, your loved ones and your coworkers.
It was estimated in 2006 that 76.2 million people were suffering from chronic pain, according to National Centers for Health Statistics. That was found to be more than the number of people who suffer from diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. There are also reports that up to 20% of people suffer weekly from sleep disturbances because of pain.
Unfortunately, this tells us that there are many people out there who are not getting the control they need over their chronic pain. If you are currently on medications to control chronic pain and are not satisfied with your results, The Medicine Shoppe may be able to help.
How can the Medicine Shoppe help you?
The Medicine Shoppe can use its unique compounding abilities to help find a solution for your individual pain management needs. Working alongside with you and your doctor we can compound many different medications to help treat a variety of chronic pain problems including:
•Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
•Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
(We may be able to treat other types of pain, please call the pharmacy with any questions.)
In order to tailor your medications to meet your needs and give you the greatest benefit with the least amount of side effects, we can make many different drug forms including: creams, ointments, gels, sprays, lotions, liquids, suppositories and powders. For example, using a cream on the area of pain in place of a tablet that is taken by mouth can reduce drug exposure to the rest of your body. This can minimize side effects of the drug while still providing benefits to the area of need. Compound medications may also allow us to combine multiple ingredients into one formulation. This may cut down on the number of prescriptions you take every day. Additionally, it gives us the unique option of being able to change the strength of your compound very easily. Compounded medications are not limited to available strengths like manufactured drug products. With this option your doctor can gently adjust your prescription to fit your needs. If you ever have questions about your compounded medications feel free to contact us and one of our trained staff will be happy to assist you.
The American Academy of Pain Medicine. Get the Facts on Pain: AAPM Facts and Figures on Pain. Available at: http://www.painmed.org/PatientCenter/Facts_on_Pain.aspx. Accessed on October 14, 2010.
Bope E, Rakel R, Kellerman R. Conn’s Current Therapy 2010, 1st ed. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier; 2010.