Pain Essay

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Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience that inevitably everyone in society will experience at some stage throughout his or her lifespan, and every individuals experience will differ from that of another’s (Mac Lellan, 2006). This maybe due to any number of factors that can affect an individual, such as age, gender, emotional state, culture, or previous encounters with pain (Funnell, Koutoukidis, & Lawrence, 2005). In this reflective assignment I will discuss not only how some of those contributing factors affected a pain episode that I recently experienced. But also how an inability by medical staff to carry out a simple pain assessment and to prescribe and administer adequate pain management impacted on my…show more content…
But regardless of the pains cause and site of origin, for most people pain is simply as stated before an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience (Mc Lellan, 2006).

An experience that medical professionals like to define in much broader terms, one that states that “Pain is whatever the patient says it is, existing wherever the experiencing person says it is” (Farrell, 2005). This definition very much emphasises how subjective in nature the whole pain experience tends to be, because it relies not only totally on the patient’s ability to self-report on their level of pain being experienced, but also on how effective their pain management interventions have been (Farrell, 2005). This important tool known as a pain assessment not only aids in making a diagnosis of a patient’s medical condition, it also gives medical staff a reliable indicator of the patient’s location of pain, its quality and intensity, onset and duration, and any measures that help to relief it (Crisp & Taylor, 2009). A failure to carry out such an assessment could result in not only in the patient suffering with unnecessary pain, but can also result in the patient experiencing symptoms such as stress, fatigue, insomnia, an inability to eat or mobilize, social isolation or depression (Crisp & Taylor, 2009). Unfortunately these particular symptoms

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