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A program of research
to enhance
pain diagnosis, treatment and management through the use of language



PAIN AS A HUMAN EXPERIENCE

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.

THE 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
prove
•  whether pain is present
•  what kind of pain it is, or
•  how strong it is.
THE KEY: LANGUAGE

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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© PainLang, The University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia
Maintained by: Prof. R. Sussex
Last update 22 February, ,2009