Pain Medication Specialist

Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists

Pain Management located in Chicago, IL & River Forest, IL

Pain can affect your performance at school, work, and at home, and keep you from the activities you enjoy. If you suffer from chronic or persistent pain, book an appointment with the pain management specialists at Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists. With locations in the Northside of Chicago and western suburbs, including Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Lake View East, Ukrainian Village, Budlong Woods, Norwood Park West, Bucktown, Andersonville, River Forest, and Oak Park, Illinois, the team works with you to determine the most effective pain medication for your condition. To speak with a doctor about your pain, call or schedule your visit online today.

Pain Medication Q & A

What are the different types of pain medication? 

Pain medication can provide you with an effective and reliable solution to severe or chronic pain. Stellar Pain and Spine offers several different pain medications, including:

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are a common solution for conditions like arthritis and tendinitis. If you suffer from chronic pain, your pain management specialist can prescribe you a higher dose of NSAID than what you can get over the counter. 

NSAIDs block certain reactions in the body that trigger inflammation and pain. Some common NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen.  

Antidepressants

Although antidepressants usually address mental health, they can also treat chronic pain. Experts believe that antidepressants work by increasing neurotransmitters in the spine that reduce pain signals. 

Antidepressants are most effective for conditions like migraines, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and lower back pain. Some common types of antidepressants your doctor may use for your chronic pain include doxepin, desipramine, and amitriptyline. 

Anticonvulsants

Anticonvulsants are another type of medication that have uses outside of their original intended purpose. By design, anticonvulsants treat seizure disorders. They work by blocking certain types of nerve transmissions, making them especially effective for painful conditions like neuropathy and trigeminal neuralgia. 

Common anticonvulsants include gabapentin and pregabalin. 

Topical analgesics

Topical analgesics are a type of medication that you apply to the skin. These medications come in the form of creams, lotions, sprays, and patches and work by reducing inflammation and inducing a warming or cooling sensation. 

Topical analgesics are useful for conditions like arthritis, sprains, and pulled muscles. 

What are opioids?

Opioids are the most powerful type of pain reliever. They are appropriate for moderate to severe types of pain and block pain signals to your spinal cord and brain. Although opioids are very effective, long-term use poses a considerable risk of addiction and side effects like drowsiness and constipation. 

Because opioids can result in certain health risks, it’s important to thoroughly discuss this option with your pain management specialist to determine if it’s the right solution for your condition. 

Which pain medication is right for me? 

At Stellar Pain and Spine, your pain management specialist works with you to determine the best medication for your needs. The team has extensive experience treating different types of pain and can help you determine the most effective treatment. 

Before recommending treatment, your doctor performs a thorough evaluation, including a physical exam and review of your medical history, to best uncover the underlying cause of your pain. They may conduct additional tests like an X-ray, MRI, ultrasound, or blood test to gather the necessary details about your condition. 

When it comes to treating your pain, finding the appropriate medication is important. To schedule your appointment with a pain management specialist, call Stellar Pain and Spine, or book your appointment online today.