Chronic Pain

Targeted Medical Nutrition

Pharmacy located in Beverly Crest, Los Angeles, CA

Around 20% of American adults live with chronic pain, which leads to missed work and social activities as well as a decreased quality of life. If you have chronic pain, consider incorporating medical foods into your pain management plan. Targeted Medical Nutrition, based in the Beverly Crest area of Los Angeles, California, makes a variety of medical food products that can help reduce inflammation and pain. Contact Targeted Medical Nutrition today to learn more about their innovative pain-relieving products.

Chronic Pain Q&A

What is chronic pain?

While everyone has pain occasionally, that pain is typically acute, which means it’s short-lived. Chronic pain, on the other hand, is pain that persists for 12 weeks or more. Chronic pain is highly variable. Your pain might be constant, or it may come and go, and it can range in severity. Chronic pain manifests in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Headaches
  • Low back pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Arthritis pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Postsurgical pain

Regardless of the type of chronic pain, finding relief is critical to improving your health and quality of life. 

What are the causes of chronic pain?

In many cases, chronic pain might start with an injury, but outlasts the injury, often because of nerve damage. Other conditions that cause chronic pain include:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder

Your risk of chronic pain increases with age and if you’re overweight. Chronic pain conditions also increase your risk of depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. 

How does nutrition affect chronic pain?

Everything you eat affects your body function. Certain foods, like heavily processed foods, dairy, and red meat, can trigger inflammation, while many fruits and vegetables include compounds and vitamins that reduce inflammation. In addition to reducing pain, eating a nutritious diet that’s rich in antioxidants and other amino acids that promote optimal body function enhances your overall health, including your mental health, which can help you cope with chronic pain.

How can medical foods reduce chronic pain?

Targeted Medical Pharma produces a range of medical foods that can help chronic pain sufferers. For example, in clinical trials, Theramine® a medical food designed to address the increase amino acid requirements of chronic pain, yielded superior outcomes when compared to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) commonly used for pain management. Incorporating medical foods like Theramine, Trepadone®, and Percura®, into your diet can reduce your reliance on medications that can cause unwanted side effects like liver damage or addiction. 

Medical foods like AppTrim® and AppTrim-D® include specific amino acids and polyphenol ingredients often deficient in obese individuals. These products may be helpful reducing appetite and helping you eat fewer calories when used as part of a prescribed diet. As you lose weight, pain may improve as will your energy levels. An added benefit of using medical foods is that your overall health improves. Managing inflammation and eating healthier can reduce the stress on your body and help you lead an active, pain-free life. 

Call Targeted Medical Pharma today to learn more about how their innovative products can help manage chronic pain.