Coping with Side Effects

Side effects are unwanted or unexpected symptoms caused by medical treatment. Most side effects that individuals with chronic pain experience are a result of medication therapy. But individuals can experience side-effects as a result from alternative treatments, supplements, implantable technology, injection therapy, RF ablation, and surgery.

Any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, can have side effects. The likelihood of someone experiencing a side effect depends on many factors including: age, gender, allergies, other medications, vitamins and supplements being taken, and how an individual’s body processes the medication in question. Side effects can range from annoying, like dry mouth, to serious, like death. When side effects are difficult to deal with but the medication is working, individuals can have difficult decisions to make. Do they keep taking the medication and deal with the side effect or stop and hope another medication will work as well.