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Acute pain
Episode of pain that lasts for seconds to less than six months.
Acupuncture
Technique that uses needles of various lengths to prick specific parts of the body to produce insensitivity to pain.
Addiction
A drive to obtain med for other than the prescribed reason
Analgesic
Pharmaceutical agent used to relieve pain
Anesthesia
Loss of sensation with, or without loss of consciousness
Chronic pain
Episode of pain that lasts for 6 months or longer; may be intermittent or continuous.
Comfort
A satisfying or enjoyable experience; to ease the grief or trouble of.
Conversion reaction
A psychoneurosis in which bodily symptoms appear without physical basis.
Deep pain
May be persistent chronic with acute episodes; may be described as intractable (nothing makes it better)
Drug abuse
Use of a drug without medical justification.
Gate control theory
Theory that explains that excitatory pain stimuli carried by small-diameter nerve fibers can be blocked by inhibiting signals carried by large-diameter nerve fibers.
Ischemia
Deficiency of blood in a particular area.
Intractable pain
Severe pain that is extremely resistant to relief measures.
Narcotic
A drug that in moderate doses dulls the senses, relieves pain, and induces profound sleep but in excessive doses causes stupor, coma, or convulsions.
Pain
Sensation of physical or mental suffering or hurt that usually causes distress or agony to the one experiencing it.
Pain perception
Sensory process when a stimulus for pain is present.
Pain reaction
How a person responds to pain.
Pain threshold
Amount of stimulation that required before a person experiences the sensation of pain.
Pain tolerance
Point beyond which a person is no longer willing to endure pain. (ie, pain of greater duration or intensity).
Placebo
An inactive substance that gives satisfaction to the person using it.
Phantom limb pain
Sensation of pain without demonstrable physiologic or pathologic substance; commonly observed after the amputation of a limb.
Psychogenic pain
Pain for which no physical cause can be identified.
Radiating pain
Pain spread abroad or around as if from a center.
Referred pain
Pain in an area removed from that in which stimulation has its origin.
Superficial pain
Pain only affecting the surface.
Visceral pain
Pain originating in the internal organs; in the thorax, cranium, or abdomen.
Withdrawal
The discontinuance of administration or use of a drug.
Aspirin
A white crystalline derivative of salicylic acid used for relief of pain or fever.
Codeine
Narcotic analgesic that relieves pain.
Demerol
Narcotic analgesic that relieves pain.
Dilaudid
Narcotic analgesic that relieves pain.
Percodan
Aspirin and oxycodone (analgesic that relieves pain).
Phenergan
Used to cause sedation (sleep), to assist in controlling postoperative pain, to control nausea and vomiting and prevent motion sickness.
NSAIDS
Nonsteroidal antinflammatory drugs: Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil
Tylenol
Acetaminophen