A program of research
pain diagnosis, treatment and management through the use of language
|PAIN AS A
All humans and animals feel pain.
We also fear pain, and seek medical help,
or take medicines, to drive it away.
And yet pain is a crucial part of of our well-being also: an early-warning system.
And when we have pain we need treatment
and support from professionals, family and fellow sufferers.
PROBLEM: PROVING PAIN
There is no fail-safe proof of pain.
There can be pain without physical cause,
and physical symptoms without pain.
Neither observation nor instruments can
• whether pain is present
• what kind of pain it is, or
• how strong it is.
Talk about pain reveals a vast amount of information about pain: its existence,
location, kind and intensity. And talk
about pain is central to how we diagnose,
treat and manage pain.
Pain talk occurs between doctor and
patient, patient and therapist, patient and
patient, patient and support groups.
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Maintained by: Prof. R. Sussex
Last update 22 February, ,2009