Life is a continuous state of learning if we choose to learn. I love learning new things and reading on new, innovative things. Being chronically ill and in severe pain a lot, researching on the internet gives me an outlet when I can not do much more than lay here. It also helps distract me as I use alternative methods for my pain along with traditional methods to try and deal with such severe pain.
I went to the doctor for the severe pain in my feet and I mean severe. As I told the doctor, just touching or barely bumping my feet on something feels like someone is trying to saw my foot or my toes off with a dull saw. It really is horrific and has made life quite difficult for the past months. This doctor checked my feet and we talked about what I had been diagnosed with, which Neuropathy was one of the things, what had already been used and we discussed a few things he wanted to try plus he wants me to see a vascular doctor.
Now this is where the learning came in. I mentioned a few of the things my pain specialist uses to try to help my pain which two of them are Voltaren gel and Lidocaine gel. I use the Voltaren on many different areas of my body but the Lidocaine I was using solely on my feet along with my medications. So, this doctor recommended me using a “specialty pharmacy” and having them create a cream made just for me and my problems. I had never heard of a specialty pharmacy and so looked it up when I got home. Meanwhile, my doctor was contacting one to create this cream for my feet.
A specialty pharmacy according to this website https://www.pharmacist.com/specialty-pharmacy says that a Specialty Pharmacy “focuses on high cost, high touch medication therapy for patients with complex disease states. Medications in specialty pharmacy range from oral to cutting edge injectable and biologic products. The disease states treated range from cancer, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis to rare genetic conditions.” I was impressed. I knew many countries go to a compounding Pharmacist who makes their medicine right there instead of a bottle from a pharmacy company like here.
One of my biggest problems with taking more pills to help the pain was that I have a large ulcer and three or four smaller ones so I can not take certain medications by mouth. For example, one medicine they use for nerve pain is Neurontin or Gabapentin which is the generic. So, I could see where my doctor was going. He wanted something I could apply directly to the pain instead of just swallowing it and it affecting my whole body.
I get a call a few days later from the Specialty Pharmacy telling me they had made my cream and would be shipping it to me and it was covered by my insurance. That was a huge worry for me as some things that are “different” insurance will not cover. The day I got it, I read all the instructions and it was created where I just pumped the container twice for each foot and it gave me an exact amount. This cream contains Gabapentin, Lidocaine and some other ingredients.
Not expecting great results I applied it to my feet that night and what the medicine is supposed to do is block the signal as much as possible of pain that my feet were sending to my brain. I actually slept that night better than ever and I apply this every six hours. Just to tell you how much it helped, shortly before it is time again, I could feel the pain again and it was horrible. I reapplied and it went down again but I kept thinking wow, that pain is so horrific I do not know how I was standing it.
No, my pain is not all disappeared as I have joint pain, muscle pain, nerve pain from my spine and like building blocks, what this cream did was help remove one area of pain which makes my over all pain level better. So, if you are like me and have a lot of pain but can not take some of the medicines orally that they use for pain, try asking your doctor about Specialty Pharmacies and maybe they can create something just for you that might help. They deal with some of the worst diseases like cancer, MS, RA and other extremely painful conditions and because I have so many things wrong, they were an answer from God for me. And I learned something new.