Pain is a distressing symptom that can make life a misery. It is really important to see a doctor to discuss your pain as there is a huge range of highly effective pain medications available.
Paracetamol is a much better painkiller than you may assume. Taken regularly and at the full dose it works well and is very safe. Anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen are generally prescribed for people who have pain and inflammation - for example, joint and muscle pains. Opioids are painkillers related to morphine and are prescribed for more severe pain. Opiods can cause significant side effects and are addictive, for this reason DocTap doctors only prescribe the safest type of opiods whice are codeine and dihydrocodeine.
Pain management is like a ladder, so if adequate control is not achieved, a doctor would continue to increase the strength of painkillers. This is achieved by either increasing the dose of a painkiller or adding in more painkillers. However it is worth noting, that as medications have side effects, once adequate control is achieved it is worth trying to 'come down the ladder' to see if this helps.
There are three main types of painkillers and they work in a different ways.
Painkillers can be given as liquids, tablets, capsules, creams, ointments, suppositories, and for people with long term pain as patches.