Addressing & Managing Chronic Pain
Exploring different pain management options.
Acute Pain vs. Chronic Pain
Pain is perceived differently by everyone. Pain can be short term, long term, severe, or mild, but whatever type of pain you are living with, it can negatively affect your quality of life.
Pain that has a specific cause that may be addressed and lasts less than 6 months is referred to as acute pain. It can be sudden and sharp.
Examples of acute pain could be sports injuries such as a broken leg or pulled muscle. Minor cuts, scrapes, or burns also cause acute pain.
Even the extreme pain during childbirth or immediately after surgery is considered acute pain since it goes away when the underlying cause of the pain has stopped or is cured.
Chronic pain is more challenging and persists for 3 to 6 months and often longer. It affects more than 1.5 billion people worldwide and can often be debilitating.
Examples of chronic pain are headaches, arthritis, cancer, nerve pain, back pain, neck pain, and fibromyalgia. This type of prolonged pain is a never-ending presence, and often leads to depression and anxiety.
Patients often try various treatments for pain that may not be successful for various reasons.
Challenges with Over-the-Counter (OTC) Pain Medications
- Medication options are limited
- Patients do not know all the options to choose from or how to combine solutions (they are not given specific instructions as they are with a prescription)
- Efficacy is limited
- Doses are low
- Certain types of pain do not respond well to OTC meds
Challenges with Prescription Pain Medications
Common oral medications prescribed for the management of acute or chronic pain include NSAIDs, acetaminophen, narcotics, and muscle relaxants and, for nerve pain: antidepressants and anticonvulsants, such as gabapentin.
While these oral medications may help some more than others, there are challenges associated with long-term use of these medications for both the prescriber and patient:
- Addiction, abuse
- Drowsiness, dizziness
- May not relieve the patient’s pain
- Hard to swallow multiple pills or capsules
- Side effects that inhibit ability to function “normally”
- Various types of pain meds are often required, multiple times per day — can be too overwhelming for the patient
- Serious gastrointestinal side effects have been associated with long-term NSAID (ibuprofen,etc.) use
- They have been associated with ulcer rates of 10 to 30%. An estimated 100,000 patients are hospitalized annually in the US as a result of NSAID-related GI complications.
How Does Town & Country Compounding Pharmacy Help Patients in Pain?
Doctors Trust Town & Country Compounding for their high-quality compounded medicine that may help make patients better.
We are in the top 1% of compounding pharmacies due to our accreditation by PCAB.
We are pain medication problem solvers.
Are your meds not working and are you living in pain? Are your daily activities limited due to your pain? We are here for you!
- We can offer advice about vitamins and nutritional supplements to add to your therapy.
- If you need a referral, we can help direct you to the type of doctor you may need to see; we work with many pain management physicians.
- We can suggest questions you can ask your doctor about.
- We can collaborate with your doctor about medication options for you.
Joint Pain, Cartilage Issues, and Arthritis
These can all be affected by hyaluronic acid (HA) levels in the body. HA is a lubricant and cushion in joints and may affect healing in other areas of the body. Read More >>
Potential Benefits of Transdermal Compounded Medications
Significant patient challenges associated with oral pain medication have led to a growing interest in the use of compounded topical pain medications as beneficial alternative options.
- Help patients minimize risk of abuse and addiction with non-narcotic (non-opioid) topical compounded options
- Customizable dosages, formulations, and drug combinations
- Ability to combine multiple drugs with various mechanisms of action
- Application directly at the site of pain
- Potential for less systemic absorption and minimization of side effects
- More convenience and better adherence to regimen
- Easy adjustment or titration to meet patient needs
Town & Country Compounding has a section for prescriber access to our prescription order forms. There, they can view many examples of combinations for topical pain medications, depending on the type(s) of pain the patient is experiencing.
Your physician can have access on our website >>
Examples of Different Types of Pain
Multiple drugs can be combined in one topical compounded prescription that targets each type of pain.
- Inflammatory Pain
- Inflammatory & Muscular Pain
- Inflammatory & Neuropathic Pain
- Inflammatory & Muscular & Neuropathic Pain
- Shingles Pain — Compounded prescriptions may help you through it!
Refer to our blogs for more insight into pain management
and how compounded solutions may help:
Stay up to date with the latest news on Health and Compounding Solutions
Town & Country Compounding provides the most advanced formulations based on the most recent research and peer-reviewed guidelines.
We work with patients and their medical providers to customize solutions that are right for their individual needs when commercially-made medications are not showing results. Medication is not one-size-fits-all.
Please contact our experts to learn more.