Relieving chronic pain

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teddy-teddy-bear-association-ill-42230Do you suffer from chronic pain?  Often described as any pain lasting more than three months, chronic pain may arise from an initial injury such as a back strain or from something like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.  Chronic pain may limit movement, which can reduce flexibility, strength and stamina.  This difficulty in carrying out important and enjoyable activities, may lead to low mood and sometimes depression.1

Pain is a very personal and subjective experience.  Since chronic pain may occur in different parts of the body and for various reasons, patients and their healthcare professionals need to work together to identify the causes and symptoms of that pain and how it can be relieved.

Defining pain as sharp or dull, constant or on-and-off or burning or aching as well as where it is may give the best clues to the cause of pain.  These descriptions are part of what is called the pain history, taken during the start of the evaluation of a patient with pain.

When treating chronic pain, the goal is to reduce pain and improve function, so the person can carry on with life.  Healthcare providers have several options for treating pain.   The following treatments are among the most common ways to manage pain.

  • Medications
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Physiotherapy

Celecoxib Pfizer has been shown to help relieve pain caused by chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.   At recommended doses, Celecoxib Pfizer effectively blocks the production of chemicals that can cause pain and inflammation, but with far few stomach problems compared to other anti inflammatories.2

The good news is that Celecoxib Pfizer has recently received full funding so ask your doctor if Celecoxib Pfizer is right for you. Normal doctor and pharmacy fees apply.

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References:  1 Health Report – Chronic Pain Pfizer, Arthritis NZ 2013,  2. Data Sheet


CELECOXIB PFIZERÒ (celecoxib) 100 mg and 200 mg capsules

CELECOXIB PFIZER is a funded prescription medicine for adults used to treat pain and inflammation in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis; to manage acute pain including dental pain or following surgery; treatment for menstrual cramps (period pain).
A pharmacy charge and normal doctor’s fees apply for this medicine.
CELECOXIB PFIZER has risks and benefits. Consult your doctor to see if CELECOXIB PFIZER is right for you. Use strictly as directed. Do not take CELECOXIB PFIZER if you are allergic to celecoxib, any of the other ingredients in CELECOXIB PFIZER capsules, other Coxibs, aspirin, NSAIDs (Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) or sulphonamides; have had a heart attack or stroke; have severe liver problems, severe kidney disease, an ulcer or gastric bleeding, Irritable Bowel Disease, or heart failure; are to have an operation for your heart or circulation, or you are already taking an NSAID.

Caution is needed if you are taking a drug to stop your blood clotting, for severe psoriasis and severe rheumatoid arthritis (e.g., methotrexate), have diabetes, suspected or known heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, heart failure or a history of heart problems; have allergies; are pregnant, breastfeeding; intend to become pregnant or breastfeed; have aspirin‑sensitive asthma, liver or kidney problems; have had allergic type reactions; take medicine for high blood pressure or heart failure; have fluid retention; have a peptic ulcer, are vomiting blood or material that looks like ground coffee; have bleeding from the back passage or bloody diarrhoea; drink lots of alcohol, smoke or have a current infection. Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines.
Common side effects include: stomach pain; diarrhoea; indigestion; wind; feeling sick; back pain; swollen hands, ankles and feet; dizziness; headache; insomnia; sore throat; runny nose; sinusitis; upper respiratory tract infection; skin rash; hallucinations.
Further information on CELECOXIB PFIZER is available from or Pfizer New Zealand Limited, Auckland, Ph. 0800 736 363.