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Pain Management: No Encumbrance In Health Care

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What is a pain? Pain is a vexatious sensation. Who wants to suffer from pain? No one. Unarguably, it is one sensation, every human and animal want to avoid. There are many kinds of pain; pain from emotional feelings, pain from physical and mental stress, pain from physical harm to the body and pain from a disease process (Foy, Peterson, & Arcangelo, 2013). Managing and avoiding the source of the pain is the primary goal. As humans, we face an innumerable amount of misfortunes in life but, when it comes to pain our psychology completely changes. Undoubtedly, certain individuals have a high tolerance for pain, some have absolutely no tolerance, while some people will do anything to avoid this unpleasant sensation. Stoic individuals find no encumbrance…show more content…
Pain management varies from patient to patient (Foy et al., 2013). Pain management not only includes taking care of the pain, but also includes taking care of patient’s psychological, spiritual, and social needs that are affected by the pain (Foy et al., 2013). According to Foy et al, (2013) Pain has two classifications, acute and chronic. Acute pain is transient, it arrives unexpectedly and has an expeditious alleviation. Conversely, chronic pain lasts up to 3 to 6 months. For pain to be perceived as a pain it must travel through transduction, transmission, perception, and modulation (Foy et al., 2013). Two classifications of drugs exist that treat pain. These include non-opioid and opioid (Foy et al., 2013). Medical professionals either prescribe these drugs alone or in combination. Opioids are infamous for addiction and misuse (Foy et al., 2013). There are many safety concerns related to opioid use in addition to their laundry list of side effects. Side effects include sedation, confusion, respiratory depression, and GI disturbances (Foy et al., 2013). Opioid addiction starts with pain management. Patients become dependent on opioids regardless of the presence of pain and it eventually becomes an addiction when a person consumes opioids because of its effects on their nervous system (Foy et al.,
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