Pain management, pain medicine, pain control or algiatry, is a branch of medicine employing an interdisciplinary approach for easing the suffering and improving the quality of life of those living with chronic pain.
Pain sometimes resolves promptly once the underlying trauma or pathology has healed, and is treated by one practitioner, with drugs such as analgesics and (occasionally) anxiolytics. Effective management of chronic pain (long-term pain),however, frequently requires the coordinated efforts of the management team. The team that we have carefully assembled at our Duluth Pain Clinic will treat you for your pain issues.
Pain can have many causes and there are many possible treatments for it. In the nursing profession, one common definition of pain is any problem that is “whatever the experiencing person says it is, existing whenever the experiencing person says it does”. Different sorts of pain management address different sorts of pain.
Pain management includes patient communication about the pain problem. To define the pain problem, our health care providers, at the best pain clinic in Duluth, will ask you questions so call now and get the answers to what pains you.
Patient Education on Pain Management:
Paracetamol (acetaminophen),or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) like ibuprofen.
Paracetamol, an NSAID and/or paracetamol in a combination product with a weak opioid such as tramadol, may provide greater relief together. Also a combination of opioid with acetaminophen can be frequently used such as Percocet, Vicodin, or Norco.
When treating moderate to severe pain, the type of the pain, acute or chronic, needs to be considered. The type of pain can result in different medications being prescribed. Certain medications may work better for acute pain, others for chronic pain, and some may work equally well on both. Acute pain medication is for rapid onset of pain such as from an inflicted trauma or to treat post-operative pain. Chronic pain medication is for alleviating long-lasting, ongoing pain.
For moderate pain, tramadol, codeine, dihydrocodeine, and hydrocodone are used, with nicocodeine, ethylmorphine and propoxyphene.
Morphine is the gold standard to which all narcotics are compared. Semi-synthetic derivatives of morphine such as hydromorphone (Dilaudid),oxymorphone (Numorphan, Opana),nicomorphine (Vilan) and others vary in such ways as duration of action, side-effect profile and milligramme potency. Fentanyl has the benefit of less histamine release and thus fewer side effects.
Oxycodone is used across America for relief of serious chronic pain; its main slow-release formula is known as OxyContin is available making it suitable for acute intractable pain or breakthrough pain.
Opioid medications can provide short, intermediate or long acting analgesia depending upon the specific properties of the medication and whether it is formulated as an extended release drug. In chronic pain conditions that are opioid responsive a combination of a long-acting (OxyContin, MS Contin, Opana ER, Exalgo and Methadone) or extended release medication is often prescribed in conjunction with a shorter-acting medication (oxycodone, morphine or hydromorphone) for breakthrough pain, or exacerbations.
Methadone can be used for either treatment of opioid addiction/detoxification when taken once daily or as a pain medication. A medical expert, on pain medicine and pain management, at our pain management clinic shall consult you on the next step so contact us today.