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how can a clinician assess a patients pain?

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Dr. Cheryl White
Pain Management 31 years experience
Exam and imaging: Pain is what you feel. What we diagnose is the cause of the pain. Most of us over the age of 50, and many younger, have back malformations that can cause pain. Some diagnoses are obvious to the trained ear, such as "my back hurts here and the pain radiates to there". Others need xrays or mri's so we can "see" inside you. See a trained specialist to get a diagnosis - before treatment.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Thorough history: Answers that patients give concerning their pain can vary from day to day, hour to hour. A thorough history is critical, even to a point of having a patient keep a pain diary. Listening to the patient is imperative and then an exam with further tests can follow if necessary.

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Will deet hurt my baby?

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Yes: Deet (n, n-diethyl-m-toluamide), the common insect repellent, is promptly absorbed through the skin. There have been several reported cases of toxic encephalopathy (brain toxicity) in children from deet exposure.
A 34-year-old member asked:

If I faint, will the baby get hurt?

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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
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Not usually: The only significant danger is falling. If you fell on an object across the abdomen, the fetus could be at risk. Usually a baby is very well protected and cushioned in the womb and is usually safe. Once a patient faints, usually from a temporary drop in blood pressure, the pressure recovers quickly without harm to the baby or mother. Driving, of course could pose different risks.
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Why do some of my pimples hurt and others don't?

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Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology 36 years experience
Inflammation: A pimple begins as a blocked oil gland that already contains bacteria. The gland walls then begin to break down and a localized infection takes hold in the adjacent skin, which you see as red. At this stage the inflammation causes pain.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the major issues surrounding pain?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Disability: Pain is an objective complaint that is often poorly understood by others and is frequently poorly explained by the sufferer. Its cause may not be obvious in a lot of cases, creating fear, medical attention, extensive and expensive work up and sometimes treatment. Economic and emotional repercussions are substantial.
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Are you sick if you get self-destructive urges that make you do painful things to yourself?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: You need help if you decide to act on those urges. You should call your doctor and let him/her begin to help you.

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