At one point or another, we’ll all need medicine to keep our bodies functionally properly, to fight off illness, or for a similar reason. However, finding an effective medication can take a trial-and-error approach, which can often be frustrating to the patient and the doctor. Medication is not the only option for your pain, learn more about your other choices now.
The Makeup of Medicine
If you’re like most people, you take what the doctor prescribes and you don’t think twice. However, we think it’s important that you understand how your medicine is working to help cure, slow, or prevent disease, ease your symptoms, or help to diagnose an illness.
Nemours Children’s Health System explains that medicines are chemicals or compounds put together to help treat your conditions. Further, these medicines come from a variety of sources. Many of these sources are straight from nature, with many coming from plants. In the end, most medication is made in a lab by mixing certain chemicals together. Other medications, like penicillin, are from fungus, and others are biologically engineered.
We most commonly think of medication in a pill form, however, they can be liquids, creams, gels, inhalers, patches, and more. Though medication is created in various ways, and can be administered in many ways as well, they all work together for one goal: to help heal.
How Medicine Works
When you take medicine, you take it because you have a problem. Medicine can work in many different ways. A few common ways medicine works, according to Verywell Health, are:
- To fight infection: when you catch an illness, it means that a bacteria or virus has entered your body. Medication here is for treating and killing germs. If it’s not able to kill the germs directly, the medicine will work to prevent them from multiplying and growing.
- Targeting cancer cells: Medicines used to treat cancer include chemotherapy, which attacks the cells directly to stop or slow their growth and spread, biological therapy, which helps your body’s immune system fight off cancer, and antiangiogenic therapy, which blocks the growth of new blood vessels to a tumor.
- Replacing deficiencies: Sometimes our bodies don’t make enough of proteins, vitamins, or minerals. When this happens, conditions can happen due to the deficiency and medication can correct it.
- Changing how cells work in chronic conditions: this means medications can help conditions like arthritis, heart disease, asthma, type 2 diabetes, and some mental illnesses. These conditions are usually the result of an abnormality in how the cells in your body are working.
Many people think medication is their only solution from chronic, neuropathic pain. However, we don’t believe that should be the first line of treatment.
Risks of Medication
Though medication can help, sometimes it can become addictive and have serious unwanted side effects. Common side effects that can come along with medicines include:
- Gastrointestinal problems, like constipation, diarrhea, or nausea
- Headaches or dizziness
- Hives or rashes
- Dry mouth
- And more
Though there is power in medicine, there is also power in healing your body from the inside out with a number of different techniques. There are many options for pain relief that don’t involve using medications. If you’re already on medicine, you can still try other options to help further relieve pain and reduce your need for prescription medicine.
Pain Relief Options
Here at Interventional Pain Associates, we offer a number of treatments that could help reduce or eliminate your pain. These treatment options include:
- Epidural injections
- Selective nerve root blocks
- Facet injections and medial branch blocks (cervical, thoracic and lumbar)
- Radiofrequency denervation
- Sympathetic blocks
- Peripheral nerve blocks
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Ultrasound-guided Joint Injections
- Botox injections for migraines
- Trigger point injections
- Stem Cells Injections
- PRP injections
- A2M injections
Get Help with Interventional Pain Associates
Given how painful chronic pain can be, medication is often a first treatment. However, there are options that don’t involve medication. These can get you back on your feet faster and not leave you relying on painkillers. To learn more about medication management, call our team today at (512)-795-7575.