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Pain, the 5th vital sign

AB
painwhatever ther person says it is
perceptionpoint at which person is aware of pain
low or moderate painsympathetic response
severe or deep painparasympathetic response
Pain thresholdpoint at which a sensation is perceived as pain
Pain tolerancepoint at which a pain sensation is no longer voluntarily endured
acute painrapid onset, less than 6 months duration
chronic painconstant or intermittant, more than 6 months
Intractable painchronic pain caused by cancer
Phantom PainPain perceived in body part that is no longer present
Placeboinert substance given in place of drug
Oonset
Pprovocation
Qquality
Rradiation
Sseverity
Ttime
Referred painPain is felt in part of body separate from source of pain
Radiating painSensation of pain extending from initial site of injury to another body part


Southside Regional Medical Center
Petersburg, VA

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