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Managing Pain....The Importance of Individualized Therapy

 

What is Pain?

 

  • Pain is one of the most common reasons people consult a physician, yet frequently it is inadequately assessed and under treated, leading to enormous social costs in the form of needless suffering, lost productivity, and excessive healthcare expenditures.  Pain is defined as "an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage".

Chronic Pain

 

  • Chronic pain is not a single entity but may have a myriad of causes and perpetuating factors.  Therefore, chronic can be much more difficult to manage than acute pain, requiring a multidisciplinary approach and customized treatment protocols to meet the specific needs of each person.
  • Chronic pain afflicts approximately 10-20% of the adult population.
  • Forms of chronic pain include:  neuropathic pain, diabetic neuropathy, post herpetic neuralgia, post mastectomy pain, reflex sympathetic dystrophy and phantom limb pain.
  • Musculosketal (back, knee hip) pain; fibromyalgia, migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, cancer pain.

Options include:

 

  • Our compounding pharmacist has received advanced training in preparations of customized dosage forms to meet each patient's specific needs.  We offer many unique options for pain management, regardless of pain origin and whether pain is acute or chronic.  By working together with patient, physician and other members of the health care team, we can individualize medications and make necessary adjustments to maximized pain relief.
  • Oral dosage forms: are usually the preferred due to convenience.  We can combine number compatible medications into a single dose for ease of administration.
  • Transdermal therapy---absorption of medication through the skin or mucosa.
  • Rectal Administration
  • Nasal Dosage forms
  • Sublinqual or oral under the tongue preparations.
 
   

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