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Acute pain in the neurological patient

Sam Chong and J. Ganesalingham

in Acute Pain

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Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199234721
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191739972 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199234721.003.0016

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Acute pain in the neurological patient

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Acute pain is a common presenting symptom in patients with neurological conditions.

Acute onset headache may indicate a life-threatening underlying condition.

Lumbosacral and cervical spine pain are commonly caused by degenerative disease but there are sometimes clues to indicate alternative pathologies.

Acute pain arising from the peripheral nervous system and muscles are usually inflammatory in origin.

A careful history and examination is crucial to assess patients with neurological pain.

Opioids may be used in combination of an anti-epileptic or antidepressant drug in the treatment of acute neuropathic pain.

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Subjects: Critical Care ; Pain Medicine

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