In the United States, over 80 million individuals are estimated to suffer from chronic pain. If you are such a sufferer, facing chronic pain associated with migraine headaches, low back pain or even fibromyalgia, there are is a remedy for pain that you may want to consider. For many chronic pain sufferers, the complications of chronic pain often impair mobility and attribute to a significant degree of lost time from work, school and even reduce the quality of life.
As a new approach to managing chronic pain, patients are using a combination medication approach as recommended by the leading experts in chronic pain managements. Specifically, this advancing approach to chronic pain management includes the use of anti-depressants in combination with a secondary dosing of anti-epileptic drugs.
While anti-depressants have long been used in the treatment of chronic pain, this new approach, of combining anti-depressants with anti-epileptic drugs, is showing great promise for chronic pain sufferers.
Because our knowledge about chronic pain lends its origin to the excitatory response of the central nervous system, combined with complications at the sodium and calcium channels, this new line of therapy has been quite effective.
Through an interaction with the neurotransmitters and ion channels that are specific to the promotion of chronic pain. For example, in the tricyclic anti-depressant, such as Elavil, the effects of norepinephrine are blocked, providing for a less excitatory response.
The therapeutic effect of anti-epileptic drugs is a little more complex. In fact, many chronic pain management professionals are not even quite certain how this combination therapy approach actually works. What is theorized is the impact of anti-epileptic drugs will diminish the hyperactive response of neurotransmitters at the ion channels, further boosting the effectiveness of the anti-depressant medications.
When considering this approach to management of chronic pain, it is important to remember that side effects are to be expected. Most commonly, when combining anti-depressant and anti-epileptic medications, chronic pain patients can expect a variety of side effects from drowsiness, changes in bowel movement, weight gain and even changes in sex drive. When compared to chronic pain, however, many individuals continue to use this new approach to chronic pain therapy rather than suffer needlessly.
If you suffer from chronic pain, it is important to consider all options of pain alleviation. While many physicians continue to prescribe narcotics, you may want to investigate the options for anti-neuroleptic medications in combination with anti-depressants, as an alternative to health impeding narcotics.