Chronic Pain can be a driving force preventing
you from enjoying daily activities of everyday life including routine chores, sporting
activities or even just simply walking. Struggling through chronic pain
problems like arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine, headaches and nerve and muscle
pain no longer have to be a part of your
Leamington Wellness Pharmacy provides a proactive solution to pain management by
offering compounding services that can be individualized and tailored to meet
your needs without the unwanted side-effects of commonly prescribed
medications. Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience. There are
varying types of pain, with multiple causes and each person responds to the
pain they experience in multiple ways. Our pharmacist can work directly with
your physician to tailor specifically for your pain management needs, therefore customized medication can be beneficial.
verses CHRONIC PAIN
Different from acute pain, which usually resolves quickly, chronic pain
can persist for weeks, months, even years. Generally, it's diagnosed after
three to six months. There is a "wind-up phenomenon" that causes
untreated pain to get worse. Nerve fibers transmitting painful impulses to the
brain become trained to deliver those signals better, making your pain feel
more severe and lasting longer. In some cases, the pain comes and goes. Chronic
pain conditions often affect older adults.
Chronic Pain Can Have Many Causes:
Chronic pain can result from an initial injury or infection, or from
illness, but some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury.
Most Common Types of Chronic Pain:
- General somatic
pain is pain from the outer body – your skin and muscles
- Visceral Pain is pain
from your internal organs
- Bone pain comes from
bone cancer, osteoporosis, osteomyelitis or arthritis
- Muscle Spasms (cramps)
like a “charlie horse”.
- Peripheral Neuropathy is pain
arising in the nerves
- Poor circulation, usually caused
by tobacco use, diabetes, or autoimmune diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid
- Headaches, including
migraines, tension, cluster headaches and headaches caused by sinusitis,
neuralgia or brain tumors.
Struggling through chronic pain or the side effects of pain medication
does not have to be a daily activity. Pharmacy compounding offers patients
customized options for pain medication. Compounding is the art and science of
preparing customized medications for patients. It provides valuable benefits to
those for whom pain management has become a way of life.
Many patients experience stomach irritation or other unpleasant side
effects from taking pain medication. Some have difficulty taking the medication
in its commercially available form. Pharmacy compounding can provide alternate
methods of delivery to make the process easier. Instead of a capsule or tablet,
pain medications often can be compounded as dosage forms such as:
- A topical gel, cream or spray form that
can be applied directly to the site of the pain and absorbed through the
- A custom-flavoured troche that dissolves
under the tongue, a nasal spray, or a suppository. Such dosage forms may
bypass the gastrointestinal tract, providing optimal results with less GI
irritation, and help patients who have difficulty swallowing pills,
removing yet another source of aggravation.
Some chronic pain sufferers are placed on a variety of medications to
help address the symptoms associated with their condition. On many occasions,
multiple medications can be combined into a single dose of a specially prepared
compound that combines the medications into a single capsule or topical
preparation, providing greater convenience for the patient.
Because patients vary in size, symptoms, and pain tolerance,
commercially available medications sometimes may not provide the appropriate
dosage strength for an individual patient. Through compounding, a prescriber
and pharmacist can customize the dosage to the exact amount the patient
requires, and find a dosage form that best suits the patient’s needs.
Pain can be
debilitating, whether it’s acute muscle or nerve pain resulting from an
accident, or a chronic condition such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. Pharmacy
compounding may help improve a patient’s quality of life by providing relief
with potentially fewer side effects and less overall medication.
Contact us today at 519-322-4922 for
more information on how we can custom compound medication for your needs.