Chronic Pain

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    Quality of Life Scale in Chronic Pain

    Updated on 12th March, 2011 By  e-algos staff GENERAL Chronic pain -either benign (arthritis, headache, low back pain etc) or malignant (cancer pain)- undermines the quality of life of patients and their families. Quality of Life Scale is a tool that helps the pain specialist to evaluate the severity of the problem, the efficacy and [...]

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    Neuropathic pain

    GENERAL Neuropathic pain is defined as pain due to impairment or dysfunction of the peripheral or central nervous system. It is described by patients as “a burning, stabbing, tingling, electric-shock sensation” and is usually intense and continuous. It may coexist with nociceptive pain. It is resistant to therapy with painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, even opioids. It [...]

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    Chronic Pain and General Information

    DEFINITION OF PAIN (IASP – INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF PAIN) Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience accompanied by an actual or potential impairment, or is described as such. WHAT IS CHRONIC PAIN? Acute pain is the sensation activated by the nervous system when an injury or impairment or disease is manifested [...]

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    WHO Analgesic Ladder

    Group 1 Patients with mild to moderate pain should take: a non-opioid analgesic, such as paracetamol, or a non steroid anti-inflammatory drug (NSAD) adjuvant drugs, if there is indication Group 2 Patients with moderate to severe pain (or group 1 patients who have not achieved sufficient analgesia) should take: an opioid commonly used in moderate [...]

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    Types of Pain

    Α. NOCICEPTIVE •    PHYSICAL •    VISCERAL Β. NON-NOCICEPTIVE PAIN •    NEUROPATHIC •    SYMPATHETIC Nociceptive is the pain induced by the stimulation of specific pain receptors that are called “nociceptors”. These receptors respond to stimuli, such as cold, hot, vibration, dilation and chemical stimuli released by cells that have been impaired. Non nociceptive is the pain [...]