Chronic Pain Panel
Chronic pain is unlike most other ailments the human body undergoes. Many who live with chronic pain look healthy from the outside but, internally, are experiencing so much pain that they have a difficult time living a normal day-to-day life. While medication like opiates help some through their short-term pain, they can become a debilitating addiction for those with chronic pain, leaving the patient with more issues than just their physical pain. As the U.S. works to eliminate the opioid epidemic, true chronic pain sufferers may find themselves with less options for relief. Green Relief Health’s chronic pain panel aims to bring validity to patients’ pain by providing the knowledge we need to create a personalized chronic pain treatment protocol for our patients.
Why Choose The Chronic Pain Panel? If Patients Are Suffering From:
- Joint Pain
- Inflammatory bowels
- Stomach Pain
- Heightened Pain Response to Pressure
- Headaches / Migraines
- Feeling of Pins / Needles
- Back Spasms
- Unexplained Pain
The report, created by our medical experts, will take the patient’s DNA results and create nutritional and lifestyle recommendations along with recommended lab work a provider should consider for the patient. Health precautions are also included in the report and is based upon many factors and our experts’ clinical expertise.
Sensory Medicine: Types of Pain & Pain Receptors
Not all chronic pain is the same. Some suffer from burning pain, shooting pain, hot and cold sensitivity, among others. Different pain syndromes involve different types of nerves. There are two types of pain: acute opiate responsive pain, and inflammatory pain. Acute opiate responsive pain is a result of trauma, common with post-surgical patients. Inflammatory pain is when inflammation is affecting some muscle fibers and not others. These muscle fibers serve sensory organs, meaning the pain is sensory—not motor. The 5 types of pain receptors are: acute pain, mechanoreceptors, stretch receptors, thermoreceptors, and proprioceptive receptors. Sensory pain is difficult to test, leaving many chronic pain patients without proof that their pain is in fact physiological.
What Does The Chronic Pain Panel Cover?
- Inflammation Markers
- Chemical Detoxification Markers
- Glutathione Metabolism
- Neurotransmitters & How They Function
How Our Chronic Pain Panel Can Help?
For our Chronic Pain Nutrigenomic Panel, 21 gene variants have been chosen by our experts to be analyzed for SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) in the areas of inflammation, detoxification, metabolism, and neurotransmitters. Through your DNA submission, our test can identify genetic inclinations towards uncontrolled inflammation, whether it be towards producing too much or lacking the ability to stop. Based off your results, a low inflammatory diet may be recommended to avoid contributing to the already problematic inflammation. Chemical toxification can occur through medications or even environmental toxins entering the body through food, water, or air.
Many chronic pain sufferers turn to regular consumption of over the counter or prescribed medications to help relieve pain. Both environmental chemicals and chemicals in medications can harm the very cells intended to help the body repair itself, making detoxification and metabolism a crucial part of any chronic pain protocol. Lastly, the neurotransmitter and pain control section can speak to whether a patient is genetically inclined being more sensitive to pain because their nerves are under or over stimulated. Based off your results, a higher or lower dose of medications for pain control may be a lifestyle recommendation. The report algorithms, created by our medical experts, will take the patient’s DNA results and create nutritional and lifestyle recommendations along with recommended lab work a patient should consider. Health precautions are also included in the report and is based upon many factors and our experts’ clinical expertise.
Learn More About Our Testing Options
We know there’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to the needs of our patients. That’s why we pride ourselves in offering a range of genetic testing options. If you have any remaining questions about our chronic pain panel or are interested in learning about our different genetic testing options, we would be happy to meet with you at our office or virtually. Contact our team at Green Relief Health of Baltimore, MD today for your consultation!