Pain Perception : Pain And Pain

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Pain Perception
According to John Hopkins Medicine (n.d.), pain is an uncomfortable feeling that tells you something may be wrong. It can be fixed, throbbing, stabbing, aching, pinching, or described in many other ways. Pain is categorized as either acute or chronic. Acute pain is usually severe and brief, and is often a signal that your body has been injured. Chronic pain can vary from mild to severe and is there for long periods of time (John Hopkins Medicine, n.d). This paper will discuss a scenario that entails which person is experiencing the most pain, how two people can have the same procedure experience different levels of pain, factors that contribute to each person’s pain level, and two complementary/alternative methods of pain control.
Who is Experiencing the Greater Amount of Pain?
“Mr. Clark (white Anglo-Saxon) and Mrs. Wong (Chinese) have had a total hip replacement. Mr. Clark has a client-controlled analgesic pump (PCA) and is receiving a small dose of morphine every 10 minutes. He scales his pain as an 8 on a numerical scale of 0 to 10. Mrs. Wong refused the morphine pump and prefers to use over-the-counter Motrin for the pain. She scales her pain as a 3 on a numerical scale of 0 to 10” (L.Barrow, personal communication, August 20, 2016).
Pain is subjective, meaning it is whatever the experiencing person says it is. People tolerate pain differently. Mr. Clark has a low tolerance for pain according to the rate of 8 on the pain scale. As a result, he needs a
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