Do you Suffer from Chronic Pain? Make Genetic Testing Part of Your Recovery Plan!
Multiple factors contribute to our body’s pain response in addition to the actual insult itself. Some people’s bodies respond strongly to pain with an excessive immune response that is slow to calm down. Others have difficulty metabolizing pain medication or clearing out cellular debris from healing processes. Those who have been suffering from pain for many years may find that their neurological function has become highly efficient at processing pain and even the slightest touch will trigger an exaggerated response. Genetic testing can reveal ways that your body’s recovery from chronic pain is being impaired and in need of support.
When considering some of the genetic factors for chronic pain, we offer our patients the Chronic Pain Nutrigenomic Panel from GX Sciences. The panel assesses 21 gene variants to be analyzed for SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) in the areas of inflammation, detoxification, metabolism, and neurotransmitter function.
In the area of inflammation, the nutrigenomic panel can identify genetic inclinations towards uncontrolled inflammation, whether your inflammatory response is too strong or your ability to stop the response is not well regulated. Based off your results, a low inflammatory diet in addition to targeted supplements may be recommended to avoid contributing to the already problematic inflammation.
In the areas of detoxification and metabolism, the panel assesses how effectively your body utilizes and clears out pain medications, environmental toxins and cellular debris from internal repair processes. These tests can play a major role in choosing the pain medication best suited for your genetics, as well as optimizing the removal of waste and toxins that can make pain worse.
Finally, the neurotransmitter and pain control section will reveal if you are genetically inclined to be more sensitive to pain because your nerves are under or over stimulated. Based off your results, a higher or lower dose of medications for pain control may be recommended by our medical practitioners, in addition to targeted supplements and neurological therapies for improved pain processing.