Compounding Medication Can Help with Chronic Pain

compounded medsChronic pain is one of life’s worst experiences. Imagine having to suffer through weeks, months or even years of severe pain, eating away your joy and zest for life on a daily basis. Uncontrolled pain, whether from arthritis or fibromyalgia, can severely affect your productivity as well as take the pleasure away from your life.

Chronic pain as detailed here may have many causes and therefore is far more complicated to treat than acute pain, which is sporadic and only lasts for a while. However, suffering through pain does not necessarily need to be a daily ordeal. Managing chronic pain can be done with the help of customized treatments that would suit your needs. This is where compounding pharmacies come in.

Compounding and Pain Management

Compounding is the creation of a specific pharmaceutical product that would fit the needs and requirements of a specific patient. To be able to do this, compounding pharmacists like those at Trinity Pharmacy process and combine medications and key ingredients using various tools and methods. Compounding is especially friendly for patients who suffer from chronic pain because they customize medications that can be directly applied to the affected areas. These are topical gels and solutions laced with the active ingredients, transdermally administered in order for the medication to be transmitted into the bloodstream as quickly as possible. The result is that immediate effects happen in a matter of seconds, compared to oral administration which takes the body to process a whole lot longer.

Key Ingredients That Alleviate Pain

A reputable compounding pharmacy has all the necessary key ingredients for pain alleviation. The great thing is that they can combine these key ingredients in smaller dosages, but when combined become more effective than when taken alone. The following are the ingredients that make more excellent pain management:

Clonidine though prescribed historically to treat high blood pressure it is now used in the treatment of some types of neuropathic pain. It works by stimulating receptors in the brain stem, reducing outflow from the central nervous system.

Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant. It affects chemicals and nerves in the body that are involved in the cause of seizures and some types of pain. It is used alone or in combination with other medications. It is commonly used orally to treat neuropathic pain.

Ketamine is an anesthetic medication. It acts at the NMDA receptor site for use in treating chronic pain.

Amitriptyline is in a group of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants. It affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. While most noted for its use to treat depression, it is prescribed for many pain and pain-related conditions such as migraines, chronic pain, persistent pain following a shingles attack, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, diabetic peripheral neuropathy and neurological pain.

Cyclobenzaprine is a muscle relaxant. It works by blocking nerve impulses (or pain sensations) that are sent to your brain. It is the well-studied drug for this application and it also has been used for treating fibromyalgia.

Baclofen is a muscle relaxer and an antispastic agent. It is used to treat spasms, pain, and stiffness.

Lidocaine is a local anesthetic (numbing) medication. It works by blocking nerve signals in your body. It is applied topically to numb the skin.

Through compounding, customized pain medications can be made that are surprisingly efficacious and quick to the draw. By using topical solutions, transdermal transmission makes pain relief immediate because now we can work directly on the affected areas. And by customizing the doses down to the last milligram it means that the patient gets exactly what he or she needs. That is the virtue of a compounding pharmacy, and it affords great pain management for sufferers who want to get back to their normal lives as soon as they can.

Making life comfortable for the patients.

I met a Chinese friend last summer during one of my culinary classes. It turned out that she came all the way from Beijing as part of her practical course in culinary but has been in and out of the country. It was a six- month practicum where she was assigned in a restaurant in one of the leading hotels in Florida. We did have a great time and when it was time for her to leave, she got the biggest surprise of her life when she was absorbed by the restaurant where she was assigned. She was very lucky to land a job in one of the most popular hotels in Florida. She was even assured that the company will help her in facilitating her permanent residency in the United States.

After going through the requirements for permanent residency, she asked me where she could have her immigration physical examination. It was a requirement that she be medically cleared from an accredited hospital in order for her application to be considered. I originally thought that the clearance can be given by any licensed physician and any hospital. It turned out however that not all clinics and hospitals were given such authority and that the doctor must be someone affiliated with immigration.

It did not take long for me to find a medical facility that provided such immigration physical examination. I have already heard of Doctors Express in Tampa because my nieces and nephews take their vaccinations in that walk in clinic. My older brother also takes his children there in case they need urgent care. Since I was very much familiar with the clinic, I suggested it to my friend and even accompanied her to take the medical examination. The doctors and other personnel were very accommodating and really exerted efforts to make us feel comfortable inside the clinic. Actually, reception area was designed to make it comfortable for waiting patients.

I thought that it would take as long but to my surprise, my friend was immediately attended to. She underwent a couple of laboratory procedures and did not wait that long for the results to come out. The clearance was issued by the doctor within the day and it saved us the trouble of having to return just to get the results.

My Chinese friend’s application is now pending before the immigration department and hopefully she gets approved to become a permanent resident in the United States.

Benefits Of Eating Fruits And Vegetables

Let me start off this blog by saying that if you hate fruits and vegetables, there is an easy way to consume them (and to consume your required daily serving of seven different fruits and vegetables). A commercial blender is the best investment you can make in your health. All you need to do is plop five different vegetables and a couple of fruits into your blender, pour in some orange juice, and let her rip. You’ll have a soup fit for a health king. Adding apples, pears, kiwi fruit, and berries to your smoothie will make the vegetables and greens palatable, and you won’t have to do a whole lot of chewing.

eat more fruit for health

So, what are the benefits of fruits and vegetables? Besides fighting heart disease, cancer, and degenerative disease in general, fruits and vegetables give us long-term energy throughout the day, without the jolts and spikes that coffee does, and the fiber in fruits and vegetables helps us make regular bowel movements. When our bowel movements are regular, we feel better and have a better gut ecosystem. The health of our gut is important to the rest of our body.

Fruits and vegetables are chock full of vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients, but they’re also full of special plant-based substances that protect our cells and help our bodies function better. Phytonutrients and other biochemical substances in fruits and vegetables protect us from the damaging effects of radiation, pollutants, and irritants, and they can help protect us against cancer. The powerful antioxidants that protect the plants from the sun’s UV rays can protect us when we consume them.

Fruits and vegetable consumption was a primary staple of Jack LaLane’s regimen, and he lived into his mid-90s. When was the last time you heard about someone living into their mid-90s without a serious health problem along the way?

Exercise Extends Your Lifespan

Research is building that exercise extends your lifespan, and the opposite is true as well (not exercising and sitting for long periods of time can shorten your lifespan). In fact, some medical researchers are saying that sitting is the new smoking.

A new study found that exercise extended the life expectancy of all people, including those who were morbidly obese.

People who take part in some kind of moderate to strenuous physical activity live longer – no matter how fat they are, a study published in the PLoS medicine journal found.

Scientists from the National Cancer Institute led the study. The study found that people who engaged in at least 2.5 hours of moderate exercise or 1.5 hours of vigorous exercise weekly lived, for the most part, three to four years longer than people who didn’t exercise at all.

Moderate exercise includes activities in which you are able to talk, like walking very briskly, and vigorous physical activity is defined by the inability to carry on a conversation easily, such as jogging for a long period of time or running very fast.

When the exercise amount was doubled, the life expectancy increased, but the benefits started to plateau after that.

There have been several studies done that have shown that regular exercise over a long period of time can lessen the risk of heart attack, lower blood sugar, and improve lung function. Furthermore, exercise can increase bone and muscle strength in old age.

Regular, lifelong exercise will reduce your chance of an early death and increase your life expectancy, but it probably won’t extend your lifespan to the max. There are even some studies that show that making sedentary people exercise will increase their life expectancy, no matter how old or out of shape they are.