Pain lets us know when there is something wrong, but sometimes our brains can trick us.
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Trust Me I’m An Expert: The science of pain.
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Our podcast Trust Me, I'm An Expert, goes beyond the headlines and asks researchers to explain the evidence on issues making news. Today, we're talking pain and what science says about managing it.
When a pain signal gets to the brain, it lets your brain know there’s a big problem so we can respond.
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In short, pain medicine is able to block the processes that cause the feeling of pain. To understand why, you need to know a bit about how pain works.
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Opioids don’t work for chronic pain, and can make it worse in the long-term.
Australia is facing a critical public health issue of poorly managed pain. The result is more opioid-related deaths than the road toll.
It’s misleading to say that withdrawing codeine-containing products from sale without a prescription will reduce codeine use.
The claim there is no evidence painkillers combined with lower doses of codeine are more effective in treating pain, is misleading. As are others in this debate.
It's a multi-lingual effect.
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Symptoms of an illness usually improve the closer a person gets to dying.
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Excruciating pain at the end of life is extremely rare. The evidence shows pain and other symptoms, such as fatigue, insomnia and breathing issues, actually improve as people move closer to death.
Pain is something everyone experiences. This episode of The Anthill podcast explores how and why it works in our brains, what kinds of drugs are being developed to reduce pain, and whether or not robots of the future should be built so that they experience pain.
Detail from a statue of the Virgin Mary cradling the body of Jesus (15th-century Slovenia). For many centuries, the pain that could accompany dying was seen as punishment for sin and ultimately redemptive.
For centuries, in Western societies, 'euthanasia' referred to a pious death, blessed by God. The pain that could accompany dying was seen as ultimately redemptive.
For patients with chronic pain, the answer isn’t simple.
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If opioids prevent significant suffering, then the solution to the prescription opioid problem cannot simply be to stop using them.
There are real consequences to ignoring children’s pain in hospital. These include increased sensitivity to pain, abnormal social behaviours when older and higher levels of anxiety before a future procedure.
From broken limbs to blood tests, hospital visits can cause unnecessary pain for children. An emergency care pediatrician offers seven easy strategies for parents to lessen this pain.
People’s minds can be fooled into experiencing both pain and pain relief.
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Medical procedures on your kids are stressful for you - but your stress can make their pain worse.
A study found parents who were less distressed were more able to support their child during a medical procedure, and this increased the child's ability to cope and decreased child distress and pain.
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Asking people about morality and empathy may not yield sincere answers. Moral sentiments, can, indeed, be measured.
Your best option for treating the pain of sciatica is to seek advice, remain physically active, and wait it out.
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Chronic pain can be disabling.
Chronic pain often comes with other illnesses. Researchers have now shown that genetics can play a part in how likely you are to suffer.