Ok–I’m getting on my soap box for this one. Recent research shows that prescription narcotic abuse has now superseded the use of street drugs. In 2007, 2.5 million Americans used prescription pain killers for the first time compared to 2.2 million whom used marijuana for the first time. In 2007, the drug Fentanyl (a narcotic 30-50x more powerful than heroin) killed more than 1000 people.
I admit that pain meds do serve a purpose in post surgical issues and in cancer therapy. They may even be helpful short-term in some chronic pain conditions. However, the root cause of the problem always needs to be addressed.
Recently, a fabulous patient with peripheral neuropathy turned me on to the use of compounded pain creams. Unfortunately, Cathy has tried almost all treatments possible including diet changes, acupuncture, physical therapy and traditional meds including Lyrica and Neurontin. She is morally opposed to taking narcotics and so she sought out a compounded pain cream. On her most recent visit, she proclaimed to me that this was the first treatment that had actually given her some relief. Much to my dismay, I had not come up with the idea first and so I have researched the best creams and begun prescribing them with fabulous results.
Please ask on your next visit if you might be a candidate for one of these topical compounds as I now have them in my arsenal of alternative therapies.
There are huge advantages to these products!
1. They are delivered directly to pain receptors
2. They are great for patients that have trouble swallowing pills
3. There are fewer adverse side effects
4. There is minimal systemic absorption
5. They target multiple pain receptors at one site
6. There are reduced drug/drug interactions
7. These are NONaddictive formulations