Symptoms And Treatment Of Pain

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To really delve into the complexity of pain, an experience which is phenomenally unique to each individual, this essay will uncover the multifaceted definition of pain, how patients typically describe their pain, differences between fast and slow pain, different types of pain stimuli, the nerve pathways which carry signals to the brain, pain perception, central sensitisation, the clinical presentation of a person with a hypersensitivity disorder such as fibromyalgia, and finally how this case would be dealt with in a clinic setting and the treatment and management plan that would accompany. As explained by Butler and Moseley (2013, p. 8), all pain experiences are normal and merely a response to what your brain decides is a threatening or…show more content…
Almost everyone experiences pain, and it encourages a person do to something to escape it, making it an extremely effective protective device (Brukner & Khan, 2012, p. 41). Pain alerts a person to tissue damage or a threat that there might become tissue damage, seeks attention, changes behaviour, and makes a person prioritize pain relief (Brukner & Khan, 2012, p. 41). Ultimately, the brain produces pain which motivates a person to protect their body and avoid damage, with fear or anticipation of pain being enough to prevent changes of functional movements going back to normal, showing how powerful the whole pain mechanism is (Butler & Moseley, 2013, p. 90-91). As established, pain is an extremely different experience for everyone, so therefore describing their pain can be a difficult task, but it is essential to helping the health care provider really understand what the patient is presenting with and what is happening with the patient (Sluka & International Association for the Study of Pain, 2009, p. 4). According to the Macmillan Dictionary (n.d.), some of the following words are some ways in which patients often describe their pain: achy, acute, antagonizing, bad, burning, chapped, chronic, crippling, dull, excruciating, gnawing, gripping, heavy, inflamed, irritated, itchy, painful,
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