Thousands of Americans are using a promising new strategy that offers more than conventional, “one-size-fits-all” treatments.
As recent studies continue to shed light on the limited—and sometimes even harmful—effects of using conventional pain treatments such as narcotic painkillers and over-the-counter remedies, groups of health advocates have been steadily working to change the future of pain relief. And the future is now.
Pain Epidemic in the U.S. Getting Worse
In the last few years, scores of new articles have been published suggesting that new pain relief approaches are desperately needed in this country. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine…
- More than 100 Million Americans (about 30% of the U.S) suffer from chronic pain
- 6 out of 10 patients say they experience severe pain 1-2 times a day, with 51% saying they have little or no control over their pain
- A National Health Interview Survey found that about 1 in 4 patients took their medication less often than prescribed
More recent findings have not only revealed that pain has become a true health epidemic, but that many of the standard approaches to treating pain now have serious problems with effectiveness and side effects. For example:
- A recent review of 13 clinical studies suggests that acetaminophen (Tylenol) has little benefit for back pain or many forms of arthritis
- A new study of 355 patients in Texas found that use of narcotic painkillers is connected to a higher risk of depression
- Nearly 1 in 4 patients with prescriptions for narcotic painkillers misuse the drugs, with about 1 in 10 becoming addicted, says a University of New Mexico study
Oral Medications Come With Many Flaws
The picture becomes even more dire when you combine this new information with long-known limitations of over-the-counter and prescription pain pills. One downfall of these drugs, even though they do offer some relief for those suffering from chronic pain, is that they need to be taken orally. Therefore, they are digested in the stomach before entering the bloodstream. We now know that absorbing large amounts of these potentially toxic chemicals over a prolonged period of time can lead to serious gastrointestinal problems, as well as liver and kidney damage.
This compelling information shows that the conventional, one-sized-fits-all approach to pain—which has dominated the medical landscape for years—is outdated and needs a fresh approach.
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One Pill Does NOT Fit All
Without a doubt, finding the right pain medication for your specific type of pain is difficult. That’s because—unlike other health conditions—with pain there is no blood test, x-ray or MRI that can measure your exact pain level, what’s causing it, or how to solve it. Pain is mostly perception. Only YOU know how bad it is, what works and what doesn’t.
Even more difficult is that drug companies and insurance companies tend to take a one-size-fits-all approach to treating pain. They operate under the misconception that the prescription pain medication that works for your neighbor will work for you. But if you suffer from pain, you know that it is a highly individualized experienced.
Targeted, Non-Toxic Pain Relief Is Possible
That’s why a new pain relief strategy is steadily gaining in popularity. As opposed to the mass production approach of manufacturing and flooding the market with loads of prescription narcotics or over-the-counter pills, this strategy utilizes the precise and effective treatment that can come from using topical pain solutions.
New advances in skin delivery technology have created a new generation of pain creams and gels that are far more effective at treating pain then their menthol-scented ancestors (such as Tiger Balm®, Ben Gay® or Aspercreme®). Now, compounding pharmacies have the ability to create highly effective pain solutions that deliver powerful prescription-strength medication directly to where your pain is coming from.
Advantages of Topical Pain Relief Solutions
The advantages of using topical pain solutions are becoming more recognized in the medical field. For example:
- Since a topical pain cream is applied directly to the site of the pain, it can work faster than pills or capsules taken orally
- Because a pain cream or gel is not swallowed, it does not enter the stomach and therefore carries no risk of digestive irritation
- Due to the remarkable topical delivery systems now being used, pharmacists are able to precisely measure the exact amount of medication needed, therefore lowering the risk for abuse or dependence
For these reasons, many physicians are turning to topical pain relief solutions as a primary recommendation for their chronic pain patients. According to a recent article in the New York Times:
“…Doctors are turning away from the maligned painkillers known as oral opioids out of concern about abuse. A cream delivers relief more directly to painful joints or muscles, with less entering the bloodstream to cause side effects.”
Even better, these topical pain creams are also becoming more readily available. In fact, health advocacy groups are now spearheading consumer outreach programs to raise awareness about these effective approaches and helping pain patients get access to them.
See If You Qualify for Your Supply
Currently, a health advocacy group called Health Pass is offering new patients the opportunity to receive a topical pain cream at little or no cost. Simply by taking a 2-minute Pain Quiz, patients can see if you qualify and Health Pass Specialists will do all the heavy lifting needed to acquire a powerful pain cream at the lowest price possible. To take the Pain Quiz and see if you qualify for your own supply of a prescription-strength pain cream, follow this link.