Ramsay Pharmacy gives us the low-down on pain and pain management.

Understanding Pain
Pain acts as our built-in alarm system, making us aware when something might not be right in our body.
The Australian Pain Management Association defines chronic pain as having ‘persisted beyond the normal healing time of about three months’, whereas acute pain lasts for a shorter amount of time and occurs following an incident (for example surgery, or a fall). It is estimated that 1 in 10 Australians are in acute pain, and 1 in 5 are in chronic pain.

Causes of Pain

Common causes of acute pain include injury, tooth extraction, broken bone or even a paper cut. Some common causes of chronic pain include arthritis, back problems, cancer and nerve damage.

How Pain Affects the Body

Pain, if not managed appropriately, has detrimental physical, emotional, and psychological impacts on one’s quality of life.

Physical

  • Reduced strength and fitness
  • Reduced ability to complete usual activities

Emotional

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Other mental health issues

Psychological

  • Intimacy
  • Social isolation
  • Sleep problems
  • Concentration
  • Negative effect on relationships

Alternative Pain Treatment

In addition to traditional medicines, there are also ‘non-drug’ treatments, that when used together, can enhance and augment the pain-relieving effect, resulting in better pain control:

  • Hot or cold packs
  • Relaxation and stress management
  • Omega 3, turmeric, magnesium
  • Massage and acupuncture
  • Moderate exercise (releases endorphins, a pleasure hormone)
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

At Ramsay Pharmacy Melbourne CBD, we have a qualified naturopath who can perform relaxation, stress management and massage that may assist in overall pain management, in a holistic approach.

Making a Choice

Choosing pain relief medications will depend on:

  • Location of pain
  • Intensity of pain
  • Nature (acute vs chronic, muscular vs nerve)
  • Other medications
  • Pregnancy, elderly or child
  • Potential side effects of the pain-relieving medications

As each individual is unique, the knowledgeable pharmacists and experienced pharmacy team at Ramsay Pharmacy can provide tailored solutions to best suit your needs. Come into the pharmacy, or give us a call on 9650 4265, we are always available to help.

Additional Information is Available from:

  • Medicines Line (Australia) 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424)
  • Adverse Medicine Events Line 1300 134 237
  • Austin Pain Management 03 9496 2211
  • Pain Australia 02 9332 3448