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Pain has been described as: “An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.”
We have all heard this definition at one time or another. Chronic pain and associated conditions require further explanation. This goes part of...Read more
Pain is defined as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms as such”.1 Neuropathic pain is defined as pain caused by a lesion or disease of the somatosensory nervous system, ie. damage or a lesion of the sensory receptors and...Read more
In its most benign form pain warns us that something isn’t quite right, that we should take medicine or see a doctor. At its worst, however, pain robs us of our productivity, our well-being, and, for the many people suffering chronic pain, their very lives.
The International Association for the Study of...Read more
Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is nerve pain, persisting beyond four months from the initial onset of the herpes zoster (shingles) rash. Postherpetic neuralgia represents a potentially debilitating, and often undertreated, form of neuropathic pain that disproportionately affects vulnerable populations. The earlier...Read more
A 73-year-old man was admitted to hospital for pain control. He had recently been diagnosed with a left upper lobe lung tumour which was invading the brachial plexus. His main complaint was that of a sharp left-sided chest pain. He described a severe deep burning pain which radiated down his left arm. He also...Read more