Why pain therapy is useful

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Proper pain therapy

Pain therapy helps by enabling you to escape the spiral of pain. The body will then no longer respond to pain stimuli with a pain response. What does this mean for you?

With proper pain therapy,

  • You will once again be mobile.
  • You will be less dependent on help from others: You will be more independent in your everyday living.
  • You will be able to sleep comfortably through the night: You will therefore be more active and resilient during the day.
  • You can once again lead an active life: Spend time with your family, cultivate social contacts at work, and enjoy your free time.
  • Rediscover your inner balance: pain will no longer dominate your thoughts and actions.

Just like any other disease, pain can be treated. You can gain control of pain. Make your everyday life worth living again!

Your co-operation is requested during treatment

Without your active participation, it will not be easy for your physician to find the most appropriate treatment. It is therefore important that you discuss your recent experiences with pain. Critical factors include the duration and course of the pain, whether it is acute or chronic, and how it feels. This essential information will help your physician select the most appropriate pain medication for you. Many people find it difficult to assess pain or its intensity because these factors are highly subjective.

Nevertheless, you should try to answer the following questions in advance:

  • Where exactly do you feel the pain?
  • How does this feel (stabbing, dull, cutting)?
  • What other characteristics have you noticed so far (are there patterns, does it appear at a certain time of day, are there fluctuations in the intensity of pain)?

Based on this information, your physician can address your individual situation and better assess what is happening.

Your physician will then initiate pain therapy, which is based inter alia on the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The WHO issued recommendations for targeted pain treatment, and these have been considered an essential aid for years. In principle, the choice of a pain medication is based on the intensity of the pain. Many pharmaceuticals differ with respect to their form and action. Pain medications can be taken in the form of tablets or capsules. They can be absorbed through the skin and are therefore applied as a cream, gel, or patch. Some pain medications can also be injected.

Pain therapy with opioids

The Greek god of sleep, “Morpheus”, inspired German pharmacist Friedrich Sertürner to coin the name morphine. In 1804, he succeeded in isolating an alkaloid with a calming and sleep-inducing effect from an opium poppy for the first time. Over the years, more alkaloids were isolated from the opium poppy or produced synthetically and used in the medical field.

However, it was only in the 1980s that the active agents were made available in a form that allowed them to be comfortably ingested by patients. In 1983, Mundipharma developed the first sustained-release morphine. In the context of pharmaceuticals, “sustained-release” refers to the slower release of the active agent. This leads to long-lasting pain relief and a significant improvement in the condition of patients. In addition to morphine, there are currently morphine related active agents that are highly tolerable and effective alleviate pain.

Tips

  • The most important first: Take your pain medication as prescribed by your physician.
  • Regular intake is crucial for the treatment of chronic pain.
  • If you wait too long before your next dose, the pain may recur, and you may feel that your pain medication is not working effectively. Your physician may then feel compelled to increase the dose, even though this may not be necessary.

Every effective pharmaceutical has side effects – pain medications are no exception. However, opioids are generally well tolerated and suitable for long-term use. They do not damage the body’s organs. The most common side effects experienced at the onset of therapy are dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. Ask your physician to prescribe you something to deal with the initial nausea. Opioids may also lead to constipation. It is therefore important to drink plenty of fluids and maintain a healthy diet that is high in fibre. In the case of severe side effects, it is also possible to switch to a different medication for which the tolerability has been optimised.

Taking oral sustained-release opioids properly

The use of oral and sustained-release opioids has been proven effective for chronic pain. .

Oral medications can be dosed individually i.e. according to your needs. The sensation of pain is often different, and some people experience more pain during the day than at night. Your physician will determine which medication is right for you and will adjust the dosage according to the level of pain. It is therefore useful to record your pain in a diary.

In the case of sustained-release medications, the active agents is released over a prolonged period of time. This means that if the dose is sufficient, the pain can be alleviated over a long period of time. Medications that act for 12 hrs are particularly favourable because they only need to be taken twice a day, preferably at a fixed time. Hence, there is always a constant level of medication available in the blood. Sustained-release opioids are well tolerated even with prolonged use and at higher doses.

Think about it: Regular intake is the key to success!
Taking the medication at different times is unfavourable because there is a risk of the blood levels dropping. The pain will reappear and cannot be effectively fought in the long term.

12-hour dosing regimen

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