PAIN AND THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM Forest Tennant MD, DrPH.
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Learning Objectives Recite how hormones control pain Identify which chronic pain patients should be tested for hormone serum levels Interpret the significance of hormone serum levels Review replacement, neurogenic, and neuroprotective hormones
HORMONES FOR REPLACEMENT, NEUROGENESIS AND NEUROPROTECTION
HOW HORMONES CONTROL PAIN REDUCTION OF INFLAMMATION CONTROL NERVE CONDUCTION MEDIATE RECEPTOR BINDING TISSUE GROWTH
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BASIC HORMONE RESPONSE IN A PAIN FLARE Stimulation of Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal System
Serum Levels Go Up Corticotropin (ACTH) Pregnenolone Cortisol Testosterone
BASIC HORMONE RESPONSE IN CHRONIC SEVERE PAIN Suppression of Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal System
Serum Levels Go Down Corticotropin (ACTH) Pregnenolone Cortisol Testosterone
WHY HORMONE TEST? Determine if replacement of one or more hormones is necessary to achieve pain control Determine if a severe stress state is present and more aggressive pain management is needed Separate legitimate pain patients from drug seekers Identify a hormone abnormality such as hyper or hypocortisolemia that has long-term complications
WHO SHOULD BE TESTED ď śChronic pain patients with constant pain ď śChronic pain patients who complain of poor pain control, insomnia, and failure of standard opioid dosages to relieve pain
HORMONE METABOLIC PATHWAY IN ADRENALS AND GONADS
ADRENAL AND GONADAL METABOLISM Corticotropin (ACTH) – Pituitary hormone that activates adrenal metabolism PRECURSORS Pregnenolone Progesterone Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
Cortisol Estrogen Testosterone Aldosterone
WHAT HORMONES SHOULD BE TESTED? A four panel test is recommended:
Cortisol Pregnenolone Testosterone Corticotropin (ACTH) Other hormones are optional.
OPTIONAL HORMONES THAT CAN BE TESTED Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH) Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) Progesterone Estrogen
WHEN TO TEST
6:00 TO 10:00 AM NON-FASTING
FOLLOW-UP TESTING 1 TO 3 MONTHS
IF ABNORMALITY DETECTED
REPLACEMENT GUIDELINE Choice of: a. Hydrocortisone 20 to 40 mg a day b. Methylprednisolone 16 to 48
mg a day
c. Prednisone 20 to 30 mg a day Pregnenolone*
200 mg a day titrating up to 800 1. 2. 3.
mg a day
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REPLACEMENT GUIDELINE (cont) ďƒ˜Testosterone a. Males: use a commercial testosterone preparation per manufacturerâ€™s instructions
b. Depo-injectable 200 mg
every 2 to 4 weeks
c. Females: one fourth the
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NEUROGENESIS GROWTH OF NERVES
NEUROPROTECTIVE KEEPS NERVES FROM DEGENERATING (I.E. NEURODEGENERATION)
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NEUROGENIC AND NEUROPROTECTIVE HORMONES
Those hormones that have anabolic effects and promote growth and repair of nerves. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Progesterone Pregnenolone Oxytocin
TO DATE WITH NEUROGENIC AND NEUROPROTECTIVE HORMONES Severe centralized pain patients who are on opioids and have normal hormone serum levels. NEW EXPERIENCE Chronic pain patients on low dose short-acting opioids (e.g. hydrocodone, oxycodone to prevent use of long-acting opioids or high dose opioid therapy.
125 UNITS A DAY 1ST WEEK AND 250 UNITS THE SECOND WEEK Max dosage 750 units a day.
INJECTABLE 500 to 1000 units subcutaneous 2 to 3 times a week 1.
Lei ZM, Rao CV. Neural actions of luteinizing hormone and human chorionic gonadotropin. Seminars Reprod Med 2001;19:103-109.
Male hypogonadism in The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. Merck Research Labs Whitehouse Station, NJ. 18th, 2006,pp1944-1947.
Tennant F. Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) for intractable central pain. Amer Acad Med, Palm Springs, 2012.
TOPICAL 30 mg per ounce of base (e.g. cold cream or other) applied TiD to QiD ORAL Start at 10 mg BiD
Max dosage 50 mg a day. 1. 2. 3.
Kilts, et al. Neurosteroids and self-reported pain in veterans who served in the Military after September 11, 2001. Pain Med 2010;10:1469-1476. 2. Tennant F. Clinical trial of progesterone for intractable pain. Amer Acad Pain Med, Palm Springs, CA 2012. 3. Buluns E, Adashi EY. Postmenopausal hormone replacement in Williams Textbook of Endocrinology 11th Ed, Saunders/Elesevier, Philadelphia, 2008,pp599-604.
200 mg a day.
Titrate upward to Max dosage of 800 mg a day. Must chew tablets. Side effects are headaches, dizziness, dysphoria, and acne. 1. 2. 3.
Guth L, Zhang Z, Roberts E. Key role for pregnenolone in combination therapy that promotes recovery after spinal cord injury. Proc Natl Acad Sci 1994;91:12308-12312. Tennant FS. Low pregnenolone serum levels are associated with poor pain control. Amer Acad Pain Med, Washington DC, 2011. McGavack TH, Chevalley J, Weissberg J. The use of delta 5 pregnenolone in various clinical disorders. J Clin Endocrinol 1951;11:559-577.
TITRATION GOALS OF CLINICAL TRAILS Move dose upward over 4 to 6 weeks. Endpoint is when patient perceives more energy, mental abilities, sleep, and pain stability. Stop trial if no effect after 60 to 90 days. NOTE: Opioid dosage reduction occurs in the majority of patients.
CASE REPORT 1
A 63 year old female with severe lumbar spine degeneration was referred taking celecoxib, carisoprodol and acetaminophen/hydrocodone. Had failed epidurals and IDET procedure. Hormone screening, CRP, and ESR were normal. Rather than increase opioids she is managed on HCG and medroxyprogesterone cream. Took only one opioid dose last month.
CASE REPORT 2 A 61 year old male with 3 hip replacement surgeries was referred taking 12 acetaminophen/hydrocodone a day. Rather than continue acetaminophen/hydrocodone or start a long-acting opioid he is managed with buprenorphine/naloxone 3 mg, pregnenolone 200 mg, and HCG 250 units a day.
CASE REPORT 3 A 59 year old female was referred with the diagnosis of â€œRSDâ€? of abdomen and was taking acetaminophen/ hydrocodone, pregabalin, venlafaxine, topamax, and trazodone. Her corticotropin was below normal, <5 pg/ml. Rather than start additional or high dose opioids, she is maintained on medroxyprogesterone, HCG, and pregnenolone.
CASE REPORT 4 A 41 year old school teacher of Asia-Pacific descent was diagnosed with a undifferentiated immune disorder. She has widespread muscular and arthritic pain. At the time of referral she was taking acetaminophen/hydrocodone, ketamine, Tramadol, rizatriptan, morphine, carisoprodol, and tapentadol. She claimed she was getting no relief and genetic testing revealed 2-CYP450 defects (CYP2D6 and CYP2C19). She stopped all opioids and is now treated with only medroxyprogesterone cream and HCG.
CASE REPORT 5 A 61 year old male developed gum and dental infections 30 years ago and required multiple surgical procedures of the face. He was referred taking codeine and hydrocodone compounds. He has ceased codeine use and maintains on 4 to 6 acetaminophen/ hydrocodone and chewable pregnenolone 500 to 600 mg a day.
CLINICAL RECOGNITION AND PREVENTION OF HORMONE COMPLICATIONS
TESTOSTERONE Lack Energy Depression Insomnia Weakness Lack Motivation Poor Pain Control Lack Libido
MOST CRITICAL RECOGNITION OF HYPER AND HYPO CORTISOLEMIA
COMPLICATIONS OF HIGH CORTISOL SERUM LEVELS IN CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS Cushing’s Syndrome OBESITY DIABETES HYPERTENSION PLETHORA DECREASED LIBIDO ATROPHIC SKIN DEPRESSION EMOTIONAL LABILITY CERVICAL FAT PAD (Buffalo Hump) OSTEOPOROSIS HEADACHES DENTAL DECAY MUSCLE WASTING IMMUNE DEFICIENCIES-FREQUENT INFECTIONS MENSTRUAL IRREGULARITIES
From Clinical Endocrinology 2nd Ed. 1994, London. CLASSIC CUSHING’S SYNDROME
Hypercortisolemia, moon face, lipid inclusion at lateral side of eye.
ALWAYS LOOK FOR Cervical Fat Pad (Buffalo Hump) Hyercortisolemia (Cushing’s Syndrome) and/or Cervical-thoracic spine contraction
Moon face and cervical fat pad.
Cervical fat pad.
SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS OF LOW CORTISOL IN A CHRONIC PAIN PATIENT Addisonâ€™s Syndrome
Dull, Apathetic Demeanor Moves and Talks Slowly Inaudible Voice Stares-looks straight ahead Weight Loss Nausea, Vomiting Muscle Wasting-Spindly Fingers Anorexia Hypotension Salt Craving Tachycardia Insomnia Weakness Vitiligo Pigmentation
VITILIGO-HYPOCORTISOLEMIA From Clinical Endocrinology 2nd Ed. 1994, London.
ALWAYS LOOK FOR Thin, spindly fingers Hypocortisolemia (Addison’s Syndrome)
HYPOCORTISOLEMIA From Clinical Endocrinology 2nd Ed. 1994, London.
Patient with centralized pain who is cold in Southern California.
Centralized pain patient with pale, cold, muscle-wasted hands (â€œspindlingâ€?) and hypocortisolemia.
A HORMONAL DISASTER IN A PAIN PATIENT
40 year old nurse with neck injury, centralized pain, and pituitary overstimulation. Note: Asymmetry
14 years later
LOW TESTOSTERONE HIGH CORTISOL RESULT OSTEOPOROSIS AND SUDDEN SPINAL COLLAPSE