Understanding Pain: What It Is, Why It Happens, and How It's Managed

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Demos Medical Publishing, Dec 11, 2006 - Health & Fitness - 172 pages
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An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and an additional 25 million experience acute pain as a result of surgery or injury. Many people assume they must live with pain, but this is simply untrue. Most pain can be managed or greatly eased with proper pain management; however, the reality is that most pain goes untreated, under-treated, or improperly treated. With proper management the overall health, well-being, and quality of life of millions of Americans can be improved.

Understanding Pain provides a comprehensive guide for individuals who do not have medical training yet experience chronic pain and wish to improve their understanding about the problem they live with each day. Chapters include:Chapters include:

  • Explanation and rationale for acute and chronic pain treatments
  • A self-evaluation to collect and organize important information that should be communicated to the healthcare provider
  • An explanation of how pain is perceived and processed by the brain to equip patients with a basis for understanding the selection of treatment options
  • Resources for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals
  • And much more

This book will help patients understand the multifaceted nature of pain and the range of treatment options available for its management. It will also enable them to communicate more effectively with their doctors and other healthcare providers. This latest volume in the American Academy of Neurology Press Quality of Life Guide series is an essential tool for all individuals coping with chronic pain, caregivers, and allied healthcare professionals.
 

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Contents

Pain Defined8212What Are We Treating?
1
The Evaluation8212What Should I Tell My Doctor?
9
The Multidisciplinary Approach8212The Best Way to Treat My Pain
21
The Anatomy of Pain8212The Basis for Selecting Treatment Options
25
Nonpharmacologic Options for Pain Management
45
Pharmacological Options in Pain Management8212Nonopioid Analgesics
53
Pharmacological Options in Pain Management8212Opioid Analgesics
63
Opioid Analgesics8212Myth versus Benefit
77
Pharmacologic Options in Pain Management8212Adjuvant Medications
83
Pharmacologic Options in Pain Management8212Dosing and Alternate Routes of Administration
93
Invasive Options and When to Consider Them
101
Age and Sex8212Special Considerations for Pain Management
111
Glossary
121
Resources
135
Index
143
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