Why is pain difficult to assess?
Pain is often difficult to assess because everyone percieves pain differently. What is present and extreme for one may not be present for another. What are some objective measures that healthcare providers can use to evaluate pain? HCPS can use a scale of 1-10 to evaluate a pt’s pain.
Using this method doesn’t allow for HCPs to determine true pain from those out to get an easy fix.HCPs should study the pathology of the disease process through the labs and other other effects on the body.You can measure the pt’s quality of life, also you should ask yourself if the pt’s behavior is appropriate for disease or injury.
Do you think there is a stigma attached to people who use pain meds on a regular basis? yes I think there is. We are all products of our environment. Society tells us to believe that pain is not OK the drug use is okay as well as judging/labeling everyone who uses pain medication a junkie before they know the truth of the diagnosis. Summarize a disease process and drug used to control a disease and associated pain. Disease:Glaucoma.
Drugs used to treat:Marijuana (cannabis sativa).
Canabis use has roots in pain management for around 4,800 years.it has been used to treat insomnia,gastrointestinal disorders and more recently glaucoma. Cannabis has been used medicinally before asprin was even invented. Marijuana60 chemicals, THC is the main component that is responsible for effects. Doctors may prescribe Marinol an oral capsule which is a man-made version of THC.In glaucoma pressure is increased in the eye,ultimately leads to vision loss.
Marijuana helps reduce IOP (intra ocular pressure).This information goes back to the 70’s. However this a minimally effective treatment. The effects only last 3 to 4 hours requiring a pt to smoke 6-8 times in a 24 hour period. Further study is needed to determine what component of marijuana lowers IOP. www.geteyesmart.org.