Contact Us Toll Free at 1.866.208.3430 Pain Education Pain symptoms are common in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), occurring in over half of patients. There are many types of pain based on how the pain presents itself and how long it lasts. Acute pain is usual y sharp and quick. Chronic pain is constant, generalized aches and pains. However, sharp, acute pains that flare up consistently over time are also considered chronic pain. Tips for Controlling Pain
Take part in physical therapy and doctor-suggested exercise, as these can increase circulation and promote pain relief.
Get a gentle massage. Focus on the surrounding areas that are causing the most pain and discomfort.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor if taking an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®), ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin®), or naproxen (Aleve®) would be right for you.
If the pain is within a muscle, try to limit activities that use that muscle to allow adequate healing.
Pain above your comfort level is nothing that anyone should have to live with on a day to day basis. A diagnosis of MS does not mean a diagnosis of acute or chronic pain. Talk to us for more information on how to prevent and treat pain.
Medical Treatments for Pain There are different treatments available depending on the type of pain experienced. Below are some common types of pain in MS and medical treatment options. Acute pains:
Trigeminal neuralgia - A stabbing pain in the face. Lhermitte’s sign - A brief electronic-like shock from the back of the head down the spine. Dysesthesias - Neurologic (nerve) pains that cause burning and aching around the body.
Pain of spasticity - Pains from muscle spasms or cramps. Back and musculoskeletal pain - Spasticity or pains from extended pressure due to immobility and struggling with gait or walking.
Neuropathic (nerve) pain may be treated with a group of medications cal ed anticonvulsants, such as gabapentin. Spasms and musculoskeletal pain are treated with relaxers such as baclofen and tizanidine. Antidepressants such as amitriptyline or bupropion may even be used. You and your doctor can determine what is the most effective option for you based on your symptoms and type of pain experienced.
For questions or concerns regarding any of the above statements or recommendations, please feel free to contact Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy Toll Free at 1.866.208.3430. Reference: Crayton H, Rossman HS. Managing the symptoms of multiple sclerosis: a multimodal approach. Clin Ther 2006; 28: 445-60.
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