For many who struggle with chronic or even a low-level persistent type of pain, it can be truly debilitating – both physically and mentally. Whilst opioids are considered to be effective pain relievers, we know the danger is there for both dependence and addiction. Along with these considerations, opioid painkillers also build up a tolerance in the body, requiring larger and larger amounts of the dose for the painkilling effect to work. It is for these reasons that many doctors and health professionals are not always in agreement on using opioids for long-term pain-management strategies. So what are the alternatives you ask?
Enter Normast – compound name: Palmitoylethanolamide.
What is Normast – Palmitoylethanolamide?
Normast is a relatively new and natural alternative painkiller that can be used for both chronic and neuropathic pain. It comes in pill form and sachets of powder and can be taken with many other medications with little or no side effects.
Normast has been used by many patients in Europe; approximately 800,000 people in total have used this natural painkiller to relieve them of their symptoms. The compound is considered to be what is called an autocoid which is a compound that is found with the body and is able to modify our own biological balance.
The efficacy of the compound has been well established in clinical trials as an alternative method for pain-management.
What about actual people with conditions that have used this product?
A quick bit of research led me to a forum where a person was discussing their experience and use of the compound. Here is what they had to say about their experience and use of this alternative pain therapy:
“...I have had Interstitial Cystitis / Bladder-pain Syndrome since 2004, diagnosed in 2008 (after 4 years of suffering and lots of hospital visits). This year I discovered the compound Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) and I have had really good results (70% less pain) without any side effects...”. (Source Unknown).
What does this mean for the rest of us with pain?
I think it is always prudent to show some level of caution when we initially examine new products or alternatives for pain-management. This won’t work for everyone, but it may work for many. At the same time, because this alternative therapy is highly safe with little to no side effects, this is one new mechanism that may help those out there that suffer from chronic pain, who do not want to go down the road of using opioids or who want to discontinue the use of their opioid medication – but are concerned about managing their pain.
As always, consult your physician on the recommended method for your pain management system but also be open to the consideration of alternative pain-management therapies, as they could make a very positive impact on your life.
- http://www.pudendalhope.info/forum/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=2243 (user story)