Pain Relief

Pain Relief

There are many different methods to help provide relief from pain, although the nature of any treatment or cure will depend on the source of the pain. There are various solutions available in different strengths, with the strongest requiring a prescription by a registered doctor. Some common options include:

Difflam 3% Cream

A topical analgesic and non-steroid anti-inflammatory agent, Difflam 3% Cream provides fast and effective relief from the symptoms of painful inflammation associated with conditions such as myalgia and bursitis, including:

Paracetamol

Tablets

Ideal for back pain relief, or to ease headaches, toothaches, muscle and joint pains, as well as most other pain that is not caused by nerve damage, paracetamol offers fast relief. It can be taken several times within a 24-hour period, but overdosing can cause side effects so it is important to ensure appropriate intake.

Ibuprofen

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen, diclofenac and naproxen seem to work best when there is clear evidence of an inflammatory cause, such as arthritis. Prolonged use does increase the risk of stomach, kidney and heart problems though, so it's crucial once again to stick to the recommended doses.

Co-codamol

A combination of codeine and paracetamol, co-codamol is available in lower strengths over-the-counter. (Higher dose codeine is only available by prescription.) Codeine is an opiate, which means it can cause dependency in the user and must therefore be used only as instructed. 

More powerful pain relief available for more serious pain such as that caused by bone fractures and breaks includes morphine, but this is of course only available by prescription. 

 

 

Alternative Therapy

For mild pain, or even in some cases chronic pain, there is some evidence to suggest that various natural substances may help as well: 

  • Fish oil - known for its anti-inflammatory properties, this may help tackle pain caused by inflammation. One study found that more than half of patients experiencing neck or back pain reported stopping their prescription painkillers after using 1200 mg of fish oil supplements for 75 days.1
  • Turmeric - also an anti-inflammatory substance, research found that a combination of turmeric and devil's claw and bromelain gave those suffering pain from osteoarthritis noticeable relief.2
  • Meditation - perhaps a rather subjective solution, a study did find that chronic pain patients on a mindful meditation programme reported more pain relief, less anxiety and depression and a better quality of life compared to those on a 'wait list'.3

 

References

  1. Maroon JC, Bost JW. Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) as an anti-inflammatory: an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for discogenic pain. Surg Neurol. 2006 Apr;65(4):326-31.
  2. Conrozier T, Mathieu P, Bonjean M, Marc JF, Renevier JL, Balblanc JC. A complex of three natural anti-inflammatory agents provides relief of osteoarthritis pain. Altern Ther Health Med. 2014 Winter;20 Suppl 1:32-7.
  3. la Cour P, Petersen M. Effects of mindfulness meditation on chronic pain: a randomized controlled trial. Pain Med. 2015 Apr;16(4):641-52. doi: 10.1111/pme.12605. Epub 2014 Nov 7.

 

 UK/DIF/15/0002d Date of preparation: January 2016