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Frequently Asked Questions About Pain Relief

What If My Doctor Prescribes A One-Size-Fits-All Pain Medication Schedule Instead Of One Geared To My Pain?

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Some recent studies indicate that many people with chronic pain experience that pain on similar schedules. The level of pain tends to be more tolerable during the day, and then begins to peak between 3p.m. and 10 p.m. You may have your own pain cycle.

Many doctors do not consider pain cycles when prescribing medications. Instead, they recommend the standard 2 or 3 times a day equal dose of long-acting pain medication. This may result in a drowsy medication hangover in the morning, and inadequate pain prevention the rest of the day.

If this sounds like your situation, speak to your doctor.

The most effective approach for many people may be one large dose of long-acting pain medication before lunch and a small dose at bedtime.

If your doctor can't relieve your pain, either seek a pain specialist in addition to your doctor, or switch to a specialist who is also experienced in pain management.

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