Pain - Opioids, part 2
This two-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about pain and its treatment. It defines pain and outlines how it is caused by signals from the body going to the brain, how the same part of the brain that signals pain also signals basic emotions, and how a person's genes, environment, and early life experiences contribute to their response to pain. It explains the differences between acute (short term) pain and chronic (long lasting) pain. The document discusses how the doctor will use the patient's pain history to diagnose and treat pain, and clarifies the goal of pain management as treatment to improve a person's function in day-to-day activities, listing non-opioid pain treatment options.
Text and audio are in the public domain. Graphics are copyrighted content.
The English language resource was created or reviewed by a medical professional for quality and accuracy.