Chronic pain affects the lives of the masses.
In the United States alone, chronic pain is suffered by millions. This has also led to the rates of mortality, disability, and deaths to rise.
What is chronic pain?
While pain is a normal reaction of the body to an illness or injury, sometimes it signifies something more than that. Generally, once the body has healed from the underlying problem that causes pain, you stop hurting.
However, there are times when pain continues even after the initial injury or illness has subsided. When pain lasts for more than three months, it becomes classified as chronic pain.
More than 25 percent of people worldwide that experience chronic pain end up experiencing other problems as well. This can include fatigue, anxiety, and depression. The pain takes a toll on both the emotional and physical health of a person.
Additionally, chronic pain, if it persists, can have a negative impact on the finances of an individual. The annual health care cost bore due to those who suffer through chronic pain in America is at $560 billion. When you add the loss of productivity of labor into it, the value will rise even more.
IV pain management for chronic pain
Various researches have been conducted to find a viable treatment for chronic pain. It has been found that using IV pain management techniques tend to work in relieving pain. Intravenous infusions of specific pharmacologic agents can help Improve the quality of life of the patients.
Some pharmacologic agents that are known to work are the following:
Lidocaine infusions can be used to treat various types of chronic and acute pain conditions. In 19423, it was used for the first time ever to combat neuropathic burn pains. The various studies done to gauge the effectiveness of the drug showcases its potential in relieving pain associated with fibromyalgia.
Ketamine continues to be one of the most popular IV pain management solutions. The drug features amnesic, sedative and analgesic effects. This means that it causes short term memory loss, reduces pain and causes one to fall asleep. It combats chronic pain by working against a chemical receptor in the body which works to modulate pain.
Phentolamine is an α-adrenergic antagonist whose role in alleviating chronic pain is not yet been proved. However, there has been evidence that suggests that the drug may help in combating chronic pain in which the nervous system of the patient is weakened.
Dexmedetomidine works by binding to the G-protein binding receptors of the body. These are found in the spinal cord and brain of an individual. The drug does feature some side effects in the form of depression, sinus, hypertension, and hypotension.
While Bisphosphonates may cause the patient to experience flu-like symptoms, and osteonecrosis, evidence suggests that the drug may help in reducing pain via suppressing the process of bone resorption.
Living with chronic pain is very challenging. While IV infusions may not be your first option, in case other treatment options don’t work, do explore them as well.
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