Pain Is Still Such A Big Challenge

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“The picture of pain that emerges is that of a complex phenomenon involving factors to do with the nerves, learning, memory and emotions. It is no wonder that treating pain is still such a big challenge..” (Carstoniu, par. 6). One of the largest debates in the medical world revolves around a single word, pain. Everything about pain seems very simple when someone thinks about it as a sensation or a feeling. However, pain has many more sides than that. Pain is a disease, a feeling, and a symptoms. Pain is real and imaginary all at once. The meaning and effects of pain change according to who is experiencing it and the emotional bonds between those involved. Pain is a symptoms to those with a spinal cord injury, a disease to those with…show more content…
3). However, the largest issue involved with this disease is locating the cause and choosing the correct treatment. Treatments can range from surgery, such as Neuroplasty, or antidepressants; however, only certain treatments can be used for any given cause. For example, Neuroplasty surgery is only useful if the cause is hernias. Pain is a symptom that is often overlooked because of the many causes that are missed, so many people live with the pain much longer. The second definition of pain is a bit harder for many to understand, it is also a disease. Certain conditions can take pain from being the sidekick to being the big, bad villain. However, it is difficult for many to grasp this form of pain because many want to define pain as a symptom and leave it at that. Pain doesn’t present itself as a disease very often, but to those with chronic pain, it’s sole definition is a disease. In the book Complications by surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande, he addresses the complexity of pain as a disease with the story of a patient who faced chronic back pain. Rowland Scott Quinlan’s story begins when he was fifty-six years old and was in an accident. Mr. Quinlan was an architect in Boston and avid sailor who designed buildings such as the University of Massachusetts Medical School. However, in March of 1988, Rowland Quinlan fell off a plank at the construction site of the Franklin Zoo Park. While his back suffered no injuries, he did dislocate and fracture his left shoulder which
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