According to developing clinical studies, hormone testing and replacement are essential functions in pain management. Based on the information from studies conducted over the past four decades, research supports the testing of specific adrenal and gonadal hormones in chronic pain sufferers.
At US Neuropathy Centers, this testing and replacing method can help identify which necessary hormone replacements need to be brought back to within normal levels to help patients suffering with neuropathy. This procedure can also help doctors to determine if the patient’s treatment plan is providing significant pain management.
Neuropathic pain, or chronic pain of any nature, directly impairs hormone production, which subsequently diminishes the ability for patients to control their pain. Hormones provide natural pain control and healing abilities. When adrenal and/or gonadal hormone levels are low, a neuropathic patient’s treatment plan will not provide adequate pain control.
Adrenal hormones are essential for the central nervous system’s (CNS) proper functions. This includes memory storage, nerve conduction, and nerve receptor binding. The major pituitary hormone that encourages the production of every adrenal hormone in the body is the corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH). When there is a deficiency of the CRH, a person will feel extreme and uncontrolled pain.
Hormone testing has additional productive functions other than identifying the need for replacement. Testing can also indicate the need for higher dosages of neuropathic agents, antidepressants, opioids, or other pain management medications. If hormone levels are low, opioids, antidepressants, and other treatments will not improve the CNS’s function.
Identifying hormone abnormalities can also be achieved through hormone testing. Hormone abnormalities can pose a long-term risk for complications, especially if the patient has exceedingly high or low serum cortisol levels. Depression, insomnia, hyperalgesia, allodynia, and opioid tolerance can develop as a result of a hormone deficiency. Based on these conclusions, a person suffering with chronic pain can only receive optimal treatment if all of the adrenal and gonadal hormones are at adequate levels.
Opioid effectiveness can be improved by hormonal supplementation, as well as other beneficial drugs such as the benzodiazepines. Studies have shown a demonstrated decrease in opioid reliance in patients undergoing concurrent hormone replacement, by as much as 50% or more.
The medical professionals at US Neuropathy Centers take active roles as innovators in the medical world. We are at the forefront of medical technology, and rely on clinical research and observations to determine the best treatment options for our patients. For more information on hormone testing and replacement, contact a US Neuropathy Center near you!
If you are suffering from neuropathy, please do not hesitate to call us at US Neuropathy Centers.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
@US Neuropathy Centers, 2018