Why Choose Maine Spine & Nerve Institute?
In the Portland area there are many options for healthcare and some clinics may seek to prescribe a medication to mask the pain or immediately recommend surgery. It’s important to consider less risky or non-invasive treatment options first.
At Maine Spine & Nerve we take a different approach. We focus on non-surgical solutions for spine and nerve disorders. Our approach diagnoses where your pain is originating from and then we non-surgically correct the underlying condition. Many of our patients are able to avoid surgery and the need for expensive prescriptions. We’ve also been successful with patients that are experiencing the after effects of a failed back surgery.
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A recent study found that nearly as many people experience detrimental side-effects as achieve positive results when taking either of two popular drugs for nerve pain. Let’s look at the research and a few drug-free options for neuropathy.
Study: pain medication often hurts those who take it
Neuropathic pain patients are often prescribed medication to alleviate discomfort and treat other symptoms. However, the results from a new study on one neuropathic pain condition, fibromyalgia, are unimpressive: while just 22% said that the drug had been a very effective treatment, 21% stopped taking the pills because they were suffering harmful side-effects.
According to the report in the Cochrane Library, the scientists were centrally interested in how the top medications for this excruciating pain condition impacted quality-of-life (QOL). The scholars looked at people who said that their QOL, on a scale of 100 points, was at 14 or lower. They paid special attention to those currently taking two widely prescribed pharmaceutical drugs: Cymbalta (duloxetine) and Savella (milnacipran).
“A frank discussion between the physician and patient about the potential benefits and harms of both drugs should occur,” advised the study’s lead author, Winfried Häuser, MD. In other words, patients should think long and hard about taking a medication that has nearly as much chance of causing additional problems as it does to effectively reduce symptoms.
The analysis included over 6000 men and women from ten separate studies. Each took either milnacipran, duloxetine, or a placebo for as long as half a year.
The findings did not surprise National Data Bank for Rheumatic Diseases researcher Fred Wolfe, MD, who pointed out that these drugs are heavily marketed even though they are generally ineffective.
Treating a pain condition solely with medication is not a good idea, according to Dr. Häuser and his colleagues. Instead, the research team argued for a multidisciplinary approach.
“Chasing [a cure] with medicine doesn’t seem to work,” notes Washington Hospital Center pain specialist Brian Walitt, MD, who was part of the research group.
Lyrica for peripheral neuropathy?
Another review from the Cochrane Library looked specifically at the effectiveness of Lyrica (pregabalin). “Only a minority of patients with these types of pain will have a substantial benefit, and somewhat more will have moderate benefit,” notes the Cochrane Review report.
The key takeaway is that regardless of your situation, you can’t properly treat neuropathic pain simply by taking a pill. A more multi-faceted approach is needed.
Drug-free options to treat neuropathy
Are you suffering with peripheral neuropathy? At Maine Spine & Nerve, we help you avoid spine surgery and relieve neuropathy pain with advanced, drug-free treatment. Get dramatic relief.