Millions of people across the world are quick to admit that spiders are not their favorite, and arachnophobia seems to be a common relation between everyone. However, chronic pain sufferers should begin to appreciate spiders a little more now that spider venom has recently been connected with relieving pain.
For the over 100 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain—pain lasting longer than three to six months—the most common pathway for chronic pain is Nav1.7. Blocking this pathway has recently been linked to the venom commonly found in certain spider venom across the world, and is currently being researched by the Institute of Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland in Australia.
It has been discovered that 40% of spider venom researched has the potential as a potent human pain killer for chronic pain. One specific compound—Hd1a—found within a spider from the tarantula family, is believed to be the strongest option and best option for the future of venom pain killers for humans.
While using spider venom is still being researched and not necessarily an option for chronic pain patients just yet, there is still the glimmer of hope that chronic pain can be stopped.
While this option for treatment is not available at Advanced Pain Management, there are still viable options offered for you to choose from. Everybody’s results to certain treatments can be different, so try and find the one that works best for you! For more information of treatments available at Advanced Pain Management, click here.
This blog is written for informational purposes only and should not be a substitute for actual medical treatment. Please contact the APM Augusta office to schedule an appointment if you are in need of medical care.