According to News Medical, 85% of people with pain don’t receive the appropriate treatment. Living with pain can take its toll, but there are lots of things you can do to manage your pain.
Understanding the different pain relief options can seem daunting and you may not be sure which treatment is right for you. So we are here to help you choose pain relief to suits your needs.
of people who experience pain don’t receive the appropriate treatment
Over the counter medicines
Over the counter painkillers like paracetamol, ibuprofen or diclofenac, or topical pain relievers like ibuprofen gels and creams are often used to treat mild to moderate pain. Being able to buy them over the counter means that you don’t need a prescription, but it’s important to talk to your pharmacist about which treatment will be best for you.
Paracetamol is commonly used for pains such as headaches or sore throats, but if your pain is accompanied by swelling, you may wish to consider taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or diclofenac.
At LloydsPharmacy, we sell a range of TENS machines. TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation and is a method of pain treatment that uses electrodes to help combat pain in specific areas. They are often helpful for people with long-term conditions.
The Pain Reliever Wireless TENS helps to ease aches in the lower back, hips, elbows, and pain associated with strains and sprains. It comes with a wireless remote control and is good for people who need pain relief from sports injuries as well as those who suffer from joint pain as a result of a long-term condition.
The Paingone® Plus uses clinically proven TENS-like therapy to relieve pain at the click of a button. It is shaped like a large pen so fits easily into a pocket or bag and can be used through clothing making it a practical and fast pain reliever. Relief can last for hours and, if you need to apply again, you can do so.
The heat wraps deliver heat deep into tissue, warming the muscle right where it hurts to relax, soothe and unlock tight muscles. They come in different sizes specifically designed for different parts of the body with elasticity for a better fit e.g. hip, back or neck. The wraps are also thin enough to wear discreetly under clothing and are flexible so you can wear on the move!
FLEXISEQ is a topically applied gel specially formulated to combat pain and stiffness in your joints. Daily application in the morning and evening is enough to start to bring about real improvement in joint pain in as little as two days. It is suitable for all osteoarthritis patients and is a safe, drug-free gel that avoids the heart and stomach risks common to most osteoarthritis drug treatments. Flexiseq can be used safely with medicines for osteoarthritis and/or other medical conditions.
Sometimes if you have already tried over the counter medicines or other methods and if your GP thinks it will be beneficial, they may recommend trying prescription medication.
These medicines are often opioid analgesics that work by mimicking endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, to help reduce the feeling of pain. Your GP will usually start you on a low dose to help limit side effects, and you should check in with your doctor or pharmacist on a regular basis, to make sure that the course of treatment is working for you and helping you to manage your pain well enough.
If you have already been prescribed medication to help relieve your pain and you feel it is not working or you are experiencing side effects, pop into your local LloydsPharmacy for a FREE Medicines Check Up.
A Medicines Check Up can help you to understand if you are taking your medicines properly and are getting the most from them. During a private consultation with our pharmacist you can talk about any queries you may have.
As healthcare experts, we understand that work commitments, ever-growing ‘to-do’ lists and recurring trips to your local pharmacy or GP surgery can make collecting your repeat prescription medicines an inconvenience. Therefore, if your GP surgery is in England, why not arrange for your repeat prescription medicines to be delivered to your door, for FREE.
Help around the home
From ergonomic jar openers to mobility scooters, Betterlife from LloydsPharmacy offers products designed to help support better mobility either around the home or when out and about which can make a huge difference to people living with pain.
The Uccello Power Pour Kettle Tipper for example, offers a stable way of pouring hot water without lifting any weight, which can be a huge help for people with pain in their wrists.
Betterlife Handi-grip Grabber
Designed for maximum usability, the Handi-Grip has no end to the places you will be able to reach safely – high or low, between narrow gaps, awkward places and guaranteed to grip even the smallest of items. It has a comfortable rubber handle with simple trigger action and is ideal for those with arthritic hands or restricted hand movement
Try something a little different
Research we commissioned found that a lot of people listen to music to help alleviate some of their pain. We worked with David Bradshaw, a Research Assistant Professor at The University of Utah Pain Management Centre, who explained that some people in pain find that being fully engaged in an activity, such as listening to music, can help to distract from feelings of pain. In our research, pop music came out as the most popular genre of music to listen to, helping to alleviate pain for one fifth of people (21%) followed by classical (17%) and then rock or indie at 16%.
Why not try this theory out for yourself? The top five songs to relax to as recommended by people living with persistent pain were:
- Bridge over troubled water by Simon and Garfunkel
- Angels by Robbie Williams
- Albatross by Fleetwood Mac
- Candle in the wind by Elton John
- Easy by The Commodores