Ask George - Pain Management

Pain Relief Medication

Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience that may be associated with actual or potential tissue damage. The main pain receptors are the sensory nerve endings which are found located throughout the tissues and organs of the body. When body tissue is injured, chemicals are released from the damaged cells, some of which produce the sensation of pain!

Pain can be classified into a number of different categories, and it is through these different categories and sensations that we can decide what might be the cause and what the best treatment option may be. It is always important to remember that pain may be a warning sign of a more severe condition which may require follow up; some medical advice should always be sought.

Every individual is unique, and the types of pain experienced can be equally diverse. By working with a compounding pharmacist, physicians can prescribe treatments tailored specifically for the patients pain management needs. Many commonly prescribed pain relief medications cause stomach irritation and other unwanted side effects. Some compounded products may actually reduce the number of unwanted side effects! Compounding can provide alternate methods of delivery by combining the ingredients of traditional oral pain medications in:

· Topical gels/Creams
· Spray forms that can be applied directly to the site of pain
· Application sticks (varied in size)
· Capsules
· Flavored/unflavoured troches (soft mini-lozenges)
· Lozenges

 There is also provision for compounding pain medications where the dose available commercially is ineffective, or where multiple medications can be combined into one compounded product. If you are struggling with pain problems like arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine, headaches, shingles in the throat, nerve or even muscle pain, here may be a better way for you to manage your pain. As we head into the cooler months, and sporting season begins, now is a good time to plan ahead and ask George about your pain management concerns!

 * any information in this article is of general nature and must not be used for diagnostic purposes

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