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Allergies and their influence on chronic pain

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The rationale behind diagnosing and treating allergies in the setting of chronic pain. When your immune system overreacts to an allergen, you will likely experience allergy symptoms. Most people either have or know someone who experiences seasonal allergies such as sneezing, coughing, runny nose or itchy eyes at certain times of the year. Maybe someone you know has an allergic reaction to certain foods. However, if you suffer from a chronic pain condition you might experience other symptoms such as inflammation and pain. If the cause or part of the cause for your pain is an underlying allergy that has gone undiagnosed or untreated then it is likely that other therapies used to manage your pain will not be entirely effective.

Allergy testing – the process. We utilize a scratch test method in which the outer layer of the skin is scratched to allow the allergen in. The area of testing is marked, labeled and cleaned prior to scratching the skin. Next, the skin is scratched depositing the allergen(s). This is not an injection and does not penetrate the skin enough to cause bleeding.

Immunotherapy – the process. Once the presence of an allergy is confirmed by testing, proceeding to treatment is the next step. If you agree to treatment, our allergy testing coordinator will prepare a vial of serum designed especially for you. Typically the patient does immunotherapy at home but we can accommodate this therapy in our office as well.
Call Advanced Pain Management Center today. We specialize in the treatment of chronic and acute pain conditions in a comprehensive manner in which the treatment plan is individualized to each patient.

If you would like to know more about our allergy/immunotherapy program or other treatment options, use the email option on our website or call 503-595-9001 to speak with our outreach specialist.

Why Use Compounded Topical Medications for Focused Pain Relief

Why Use Compounded Topical Medications for Focused Pain Relief

images (3)As interventional and pain medicine specialists, we are always interested in ways to reduce oral narcotics. We recently started utilizing topical (applied to the skin) compounded pain creams for post-procedure, injection site pain and found that many of our patients found this approach to be very effective for their baseline pain as well. It works great on its own or in combination with other therapies. It has proven effective for back and neck pain, arthritis, different types of neuropathies, and even headaches resulting from occipital neuralgia or migraine.

The topical application of a custom compounded cream has many advantages, including:

  • Delivers relief directly to pain receptors
  • Minimizes absorption into the blood stream
  • Blocks portions of the inflammatory cascade
  • Provides prompt measurable and identifiable pain relief
  • Produces fewer side effects
  • Reduces the possibility of adverse drug interactions
  • Formulations are non-addictive
  • Reduces organ toxicity
  • Improves patient compliance and outcomes

In addition, all medicinal ingredients are FDA approved.

There are other benefits of compounded topical medications as well. These include:

  • Some people are allergic to certain inactive ingredients in a medication, such as a preservative or dye. With our specially prepared creams, we can eliminate allergic ingredients.
  • For those who have difficulty swallowing pills, capsules or tablets, the topical application of a cream increases the likelihood patients will comply with treatment.
  • If a patient has a hard-to-treat condition that doesn’t respond to off-the-shelf prescriptions
  • An added benefit is that these preparations are generally covered by insurance carriers without preauthorization and do not entail much out of pocket expense for the patient. In addition, they are delivered right to your home.  Please contact info@apmconline.org if you would like additional information.