Should Others Tell Us if We Are in Pain?

The perception of pain is a complex issue that has prompted a wide variety of research investigations.

In light of the new, stricter opioid guidelines, and because there is no way to objectively rank pain at this time, healthcare professionals are prescribing opioids conservatively and sometimes to a fault. Anti-opioid campaigns have unfortunately shifted the focus from patient care to regulation adherence.

Those individuals suffering with pain, especially chronic pain, are unable to provide evidence of their ailment and often go untreated as a result. Physicians need to take time to listen to and thoroughly assess each patient before deciding whether or not opioids are an appropriate method of pain management.

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