Tuesday, November 10, 2009

On Pain Releif

Providing appropriate analgaesia seems to me to be one of the greatest challenges we face. We have a variety of analgaesics at our disposal, which work in different ways, and, often synergistically, complementing each other.

Part of the problem is that the stronger painkillers have side effects that some people enjoy, and are habituating, thus addicting. Using opiate painkillers appropriately should minimise the chances of this... but:

I have it in mind that the quicker one gets control of someone's pain, the longer the effect lasts, and the less analgaesia they need in the future.

So: should we be giving more opiates not less?

Or do we have to accept some pain in our lives?

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