A comprehensive pain management program offers a very wide range of treatments, each of which has its own role in improving pain and function. Medication management can be a part of a well planned approach to your care. Several different classes of medications may be considered, including opioids, anti-inflammatory medications, anticonvulsants and antidepressants.
The use of opioid medications for chronic pain is controversial. It would seem to make sense that they should be helpful, since they are effective in treating cancer pain and acute post-surgical pain, yet their long term use in chronic pain is actually a much more complex issue. For your safety, it is important that we carefully determine if and in what manner might these medications be appropriate for your individual circumstances