When you have chronic pain, it can make your usual activities difficult and diminish your overall quality of life. One way to relieve your symptoms is by taking medications that reduce your pain.
Medications are often an ideal solution to chronic pain, but determining what medications you need, then managing them correctly, can be a challenging endeavor. Board-certified pain management specialist Hasan Badday, MD, at Pacific Pain & Regenerative Medicine in Irvine and Los Angeles, California, offers medication management services to help you manage your chronic pain.
Discover more about why medication management is important for treating your chronic pain.
Understanding medication management for chronic pain
Chronic pain is extremely complex, and the source of chronic pain can vary from person to person. As a result, it’s important for Dr. Badday to develop a medication management plan specifically tailored to ending your chronic pain.
As part of your medication management treatment, Dr. Badday works with you to find a solution to any chronic pain you experience. If your plan involves medications, he then develops a medication care plan and checks in with you at follow-up appointments to make sure your medications are working with limited to no side-effects.
Initial and continued medication management helps ensure your medications are relieving your pain, are safe for your needs, and are non-addictive.
Why do I need medication management?
As a chronic pain patient, continued management of your pain medications is important for the following reasons:
Ensuring your medication provides symptom relief
Once you’ve received your initial medication care plan from Dr. Badday, it’s important for him to continue to monitor that your medications are working properly. Regular medication management makes it easier for Dr. Badday to quickly make any necessary changes to your medications or dosages to ensure you get the pain relief you need.
Dr. Badday can also address any unwanted side effects of medications or additional needs that come up as you take your medications. He offers alternative pain management therapies in addition to or instead of medication as appropriate.
Making sure you take your medication properly
Taking all your medication correctly can be extremely complex for a chronic pain patient. You’re likely to have multiple medications, each with different dosage requirements or schedules. It can be enough to confuse even the most conscientious adult.
Dr. Badday works with you to find strategies that help ensure you take your medication safely and as prescribed. He can develop short and long-term strategies with the aim of reducing the amount of medication you need to take to the minimum dosage required to reduce your pain.
Checking for any adverse drug interactions or reactions
Some medication can have adverse interactions when taken concurrently with another medication. Your odds of taking medications that don’t interact well together go up when you’re taking medication for chronic pain in addition to medication for another medical condition, or even at the same time as over-the-counter medication.
At your pain management sessions, Dr. Badday checks in to ensure none of your medication, from that prescribed by another doctor to something as simple as a multivitamin, have any unwanted side effects or keep any medication from working properly. He can work with your other doctors to find a solution when there are problematic interactions.
Get started now with medication management
No matter what the cause of your chronic pain, Dr. Badday can help you manage it with medication. With treatment ranging from over-the-counter NSAIDs to antidepressants, Dr. Badday offers a non-addictive solution to help you take your life back from chronic pain.