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What is "breakthrough pain"

Hi Y'all,
I know it should be obvious to me, but what exactly is breakthrough pain? Is it the stabbing, shooting pain which occurs out of nowhere even while on meds?


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347
    most of the time I have worked with the term 'breakthrough' it is in regard to the pain medication that you take.
    People that use the Extended Release Pain medications (ie Oxycontin ER, Opana ER) are generally also prescribed a pain medication for the 'breakthrough pain relief'
    Those ER type of pain medications are intended to provide a level of comfort over a period of time. Now for some, that could be 6, 8 or 12 hours. Most of the ER medications are written to be taken every 8 or 12 hours. But in between that time, the patient can have a lot of pain.
    Hence, the 'breakthrough' pain medications. They are designed to manage your pain spikes between your ER medications. The breakthrough medications are generally referred to as Immediate Relief (IR) medications. They act quickly, but not for a long time.
    So, breakthrough pain is the pain a patient hsa in between their extended relief medications and breakthrough medications are designed to control that span.
    Hope this helps to paint a better picture of breakthrough pain and medications
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • PapaRon!
    I'm truly amazed and in awe of the pain so many folks are in and their ability to deal with it. You are all my heroes!
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347
    just posted is so very very true. Like Tracy, I have been dealing with various spinal problems for years, probably too many years to even think about.
    Here we have found an avenue to try to help others who are just started on with Spinal Problems.
    Tracy has take that a step further and has actually make some presentations about pain, chronic pain and more.
    So, to some degree we try to be teachers. We try to help others during the spinal problems. There is so much information out there, you hear from so many different people, it gets confusing.
    I know Tracy's heart and she has always been willing to help others. I also feel that way, because dealing with my spinal problems for 30+ years, if I can help just a handful getting through rough times, then I feel good.
    Folks like Tracy, "C", Neck of Steel,Priestess, Bruce and so many others are here to do what we can to help others, yet at the same time we still deal with our own medical issues.
    That is just one of the major reasons why Spine-Health provides a 'total package' for people that are dealing , about to deal or have been dealing with Spinal Issues.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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