Because of the complexity of chronic pain you may have tried many different types of medicine. Medication is just one tool which is used to help people to deal with persistent pain, and for some people it suits them not to use medication at all. It is important to understand that with the intended benefits of medicines come potential side-effects which may occur immediately or over a period of time. It is always advised that you take the advice of your general practitioner, pharmacist, or specialist regarding your medicines if you are considering any changes.
There are three main types of medication.
These three types of drugs (painkillers, anti-epileptics and antidepressants) can sometimes be taken together but possible interactions between the drugs should be thought about and explained to you. They are started one at a time in case you experience any side effects, so that you can work out the effect of each drug.
Other medications that might be given to you at InHealth Pain Management Solutions
If you have an injection at Inhealth Pain Management Solutions you will have at least one of the medications below injected into your skin or deeper tissues in order to reduce the intensity of your pain for a short period of time. This is done so that you are more able to work with our staff to improve your self-management.
Local Anaesthetic Agents
Local anaesthetic agents include drugs such as Lignocaine and Levobupivacaine.
Lignocaine is used to numb your skin prior to carrying out an injection deeper within the body so that it doesn’t hurt (e.g. epidural injection)
Lignocaine and Levobupivacaine might be used to alleviate pain symptoms in deeper tissue (e.g. muscle tissue, nerves, joints).
Methylprednisolone or Triamcinolone are pain relieving corticosteroid drugs used in many types of injections at Pain Management Solutions. Sometimes after an injection your pain might feel worse initially but this should not last for more than a few days.
Onubotulinumtoxin A (Botox)
On some occasions (such as certain types of chronic headache) the doctor at InHealth Pain Management Solutions may inject Botox into certain sites. The doctor will have discussed this with you in advance.
Advise to you and your GP
When you attend InHealth Pain Management Solutions we might advise you about medications prescribed by your GP. However, we will not actually prescribe or dispense any medicines ourselves. We will contact your GP to ask for the necessary changes to be made by them.