Chronic pain afflicts approximately 25% of the adult population. While the number of treatment options has expanded, many patients continue to experience inadequate relief and/or intolerable adverse effects. Pain control is essential because, even when the underlying disease process is stable, uncontrolled pain prevents patients from working productively, enjoying recreation, or taking pleasure in their usual roles in the family and society.
Chronic pain can be the result of various problems such as back injury, fibromyalgia, cancer, diabetic neuropathy, arthritis, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, vulvodynia and amputation (phantom limb pain). Since the source of chronic pain is often quite complex, it can be very difficult to treat and may not respond to commercially available medications. Consequently, many people continue to suffer from unrelieved pain and/or endure side effects from high doses of drugs taken to relieve that pain. Our ability to compound customized medications opens a realm of possible solutions for our patients’ medication problems. Instead of being restricted to using commercially manufactured medications that are only available in a limited number of strengths and dosage forms, our compounding pharmacists can offer a vast array of options prepared specifically to meet your needs.
Pain management is best achieved with a team approach and often requires a combination of drugs that work in different ways to relieve pain. Transdermal gels or creams are often beneficial and may have fewer side effects than the same drugs taken orally or by injection.
Successful long-term pain management requires rapid, flexible, and expert responses to the changing needs of the patient. Effective pain management is best achieved by a team approach. At Wellspring, we work together with patients, their families and their healthcare providers to customize individualized treatments and relieve chronic pain. Your questions are welcome.