A number of health conditions can result in chronic pain that reduces your quality of life. Many people living with chronic pain are being treated by a doctor but still can’t find relief from their symptoms. When traditional treatments and pharmaceutical drugs fail to provide results, your compounding pharmacy may be able to help.
Fibromyalgia is a common condition that causes long-term discomfort throughout the body, including tenderness, pain and stiffness in the joints and soft tissues. Causes of fibromyalgia are largely theoretical and may include trauma or emotional disturbance, hormonal or chemical imbalances, increased sensitivity to pain due to lowered levels of the feel-good chemical serotonin, stress and viral infections. There is no cure for the condition. Fibromyalgia treatment involves treating the cause of the condition and taking steps to relieve the pain and other associated symptoms.
A first step in fibromyalgia treatment is often to identify and treat any nutritional deficiencies that may exist and exacerbate the condition. Common deficiencies include magnesium, vitamin B-12 and vitamin D. A simple test available at yourcompounding pharmacy can tell you whether you are deficient in any of these nutrients. Micronutrient testing provides accurate results in less than two weeks. Once you have the results, your compounding pharmacy can help formulate a plan to treat those deficiencies, as well as one that includes other important nutrients that may help relieve symptoms, including fish oil and turmeric to reduce inflammation, magnesium for muscle relaxation, probiotics and vitamins A,C,D and B for immune support and co-enzyme Q10 for mitochondrial support.
Your compounding pharmacy can also help you explore other treatment options. If hormone imbalance is the cause of your condition, your compounding pharmacy can work with your doctor to create a custom thyroid treatment that addresses your specific imbalance. Since the late 1990s, thyroid hormones have been confirmed through medical studies as an effective fibromyalgia treatment. Speak to your doctor or compound pharmacist about whether hormone treatment may be an option for you.
Low-dose naltrexone is another fibromyalgia treatment option available from your compounding pharmacy. Naltrexoneis an opioid antagonist sometimes used at low doses to treat cancer and autoimmune disorders. Research shows that low-dose naltrexone may also be effective in reducing symptoms of fibromyalgia. A small study at Stanford investigated the effectiveness of low-dose naltrexone versus a placebo in 10 women with fibromyalgia. Results of the study were positive, with six out of the 10 women seeing an improvement in symptoms, including reduced pain, fatigue and stress, with daily low-dose naltrexone treatment. Sleep problems, gastrointestinal complaints and headaches also appeared to improve with treatment. Low-dose naltrexone is available at your compounding pharmacy. Speak with your doctor about whether this may be a suitable treatment option for you.
Several other fibromyalgia treatment options are available at your compounding pharmacy. Transdermal pain gels are compounded based on the recommendations of your doctor to deliver medication through the skin to provide powerful pain relief without the side effects, such as stomach upset and and drowsiness, of oral pain relief medications. Pain gel compounds may include ketamine, gabapentin, amitriptyline and clonidine. They are specially formulated by your compounding pharmacy to provide local or systemic pain relief.
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