Pain management

From the perspective of the patient, pain is a phenomena that they simply want to eradicate. Different patients will have different pain thresholds and is often referred to as the 5th vital sign. Acting upon pain effectively through the use of analgesia (such as morphine) can be critical in alleviating pain in the patient



It's also used for other types of long-standing pain when weMorphine is a strong painkiller. It's used to treat severe pain, for example after an operation or a serious injury, or pain from cancer or heart aker painkillers no longer work.

Key facts

-Morphine works by blocking pain signals from travelling along the nerves to the brain.

-The most common side effects of morphine are constipation, feeling sick and sleepiness.

-It's possible to become addicted to morphine, but this is rare if you're taking it to relieve pain and your doctor is reviewing your treatment regularly.

Pain Pathways

To understand pain- you need to understand pain pathways. In this section we discuss what pain pathways are explore the pain gate theory

Classifying Pain

Pain can be classified according to severity and duration - the article explores 4 keys types of pain

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