Forms of chronic pain include:
- neuropathic pain (diabetic neuropathy, post herpetic neuralgia, post mastectomy pain, phantom limb pain, and reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)
- musculoskeletal (back, knee, hip) pain
- rheumatoid arthritis
- cancer pain
Pain is one of the most common reasons people consult a physician, yet frequently it is inadequately assessed and under treated, resulting in needless suffering, lost productivity, and excessive healthcare expenditures.
Successful long-term pain management requires rapid, flexible, and expert responses to the changing needs of the patient. Patients and their loved ones should never allow pain to continue amid concerns of “being a complainer,” medication-related side effects, or fear of addiction or loss of control. Patients with pain or other distressing symptoms that persist despite the best efforts of their current healthcare provider should request a referral or seek specialists in pain management or palliative care.
Effective pain management is best achieved by a team approach involving the patient, his/her family, the doctor and appropriately trained pharmacist. As soon as pain begins, it is important that a patient talk to a health care provider who is knowledgeable in pain management. Besides mitigating suffering, pain control is crucial because uncontrolled pain prevents patients from working productively, enjoying recreation, or taking pleasure in their usual role in the family and society.
Dr Michael Serafin, our compounding pharmacist, has received advanced training in individualized pain therapies which utilizes a synergistic combination of medicines that treat various targets along the pain transmission pathway to inhibit the pain signal and thus relieve symptoms. This approach can be used to avoid or minimize the use of opioids which are often prescribed for severe pain however are also responsible for numerous deaths, drug addiction and side effects.
This individualized approach not only utilizes a number of safer synergistic medications but also various dose forms such as penetration enhanced transdermal therapy, nasal sprays, suppositories, lozenges and oral capsules. Each case is unique and thus the treatment needs to be tailored to suite each individual.
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