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WHAT IS PAIN ?. Pain Seminar, Lecture #1, DEFINING PAIN, p. 1. PAIN… We have learned a lot in the past 50 years International Association for the Study of Pain http://www.iasp-pain.org/ American Pain Foundation http://www.painfoundation.org/ American Pain Society

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What is pain

WHAT IS PAIN ?

Pain Seminar, Lecture #1, DEFINING PAIN, p. 1


What is pain

PAIN…

We have learned a lot in the past 50 years

International Association for the Study of Pain

http://www.iasp-pain.org/

American Pain Foundation

http://www.painfoundation.org/

American Pain Society

http://www.ampainsoc.org/

American Chronic Pain Association

http://www.theacpa.org/

American Academy of Pain Medicine

http://www.painmed.org/about/

NIH information

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/health

medical/pubs/pain.htm#spine

Pain Seminar, Lecture #1, DEFINING PAIN, p. 2


What is pain

Official definition**

“An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.”

Note: Pain is always subjective. Each individual learns the application of the word through experiences related to injury in early life. Biologists recognize that those stimuli which cause pain are liable to damage tissue. Accordingly, pain is that experience we associate with actual or potential tissue damage. It is unquestionably a sensation in a part or parts of the body, but it is also always unpleasant and therefore also an emotional experience.

Many people report pain in the absence of tissue damage or any likely pathophysiological cause. There is usually no way to distinguish their experience from that due to tissue damage if we take the subjective report. If they regard their experience as pain and if they report it in the same ways as pain caused by tissue damage, it should be accepted as pain.

This definition avoids tying pain to the stimulus. Activity induced in the nociceptor and nociceptive pathways by a noxious stimulus is not pain, which is always a psychological state, even though we may well appreciate that pain most often has a proximate physical cause.

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***FROM: Merskey H, Bogduk N. 1994 Classifcation of ChronicPain. IASP Press Seattle, WA 

Pain Seminar, Lecture #1, DEFINING PAIN, p. 3


What is pain

Other definitions (1)

(Merskey H, Bogduk N. 1994 Classifcation of ChronicPain. IASP Press Seattle, WA)

Pain Seminar, Lecture #1, DEFINING PAIN, p. 4


What is pain

Other definitions (2)

(Merskey H, Bogduk N. 1994 Classifcation of ChronicPain. IASP Press Seattle, WA)

Pain Seminar, Lecture #1, DEFINING PAIN, p. 5


What is pain

Other definitions (3)

(Merskey H, Bogduk N. 1994 Classifcation of ChronicPain. IASP Press Seattle, WA)

Pain Seminar, Lecture #1, DEFINING PAIN, p. 6


What is pain

Other definitions (4)

(Merskey H, Bogduk N. 1994 Classifcation of ChronicPain. IASP Press Seattle, WA)

Pain Seminar, Lecture #1, DEFINING PAIN, p. 7


What is pain

Other definitions (5)

CONSENSUS - April 2001

American Academy of Pain Medicine

American Pain Society

American Society of Addiction Medicine

Pain Seminar, Lecture #1, DEFINING PAIN, p. 8


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