The Neuroscience of Physical Pain (Activities/ Live Experiences (Dr.…
The Neuroscience of Physical Pain
Psychological Aspects of Physical Pain
How does pain exert power over humankind?
Is there truth in the attached statements?
“Pain is a mental weakness.” - Unknown
“Chronic pain is a manifestation of imbalance, typically physical, but also mental, emotional and spiritual.” - Adapted from Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain
“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” - Buddhist Proverb
Is one's pain more psychogenic than physical?
Can our mindsets be separated from our direct experiences?
Is seeing believing?
Is the intensity of the pain we experience greatly influenced by our sensory perceptions such as sight?
Does the brain augment the intensity of the pain we perceive?
Does our psychological response to our pain determine the success of our recovery?
Can recovery be affected by fear of an adverse outcome (such as pain) or fear of further injury?
How prominent is psychology in the management and/or perception of pain?
Activities/ Live Experiences
Dr. Brenton Meier (Pain Management Specialist)
Rebecca Berringer (Homeopath)
Acupuncturist (VNS Parent?)
Dr. Newton (Family Doctor)
Tara Snow (Hospice)
Conferences on Pain - 2019 American Pain Society Scientific Meeting (April 3-6 Milwaukee WI) - 2018 IPPS Annual Scientific Meeting (Oct. 18-21 Chicago IL) - Midwest Pain Society (Nov. 9-10 Chicago IL)
Charlie's Therapists - Occupational Therapy (Horse Therapy) - Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy Shadow Experience
St. Elizabeth Hospital (Ascension)
Microbiology of Pain - Nobel Conference Guy
Can acute and chronic pain exist simultanrously?
Can one's pain overlap two classifications? Can they experience both tissue and nerve damage as a result of one event?
What marks the difference between acute and chronic pain?
How does pain caused by tissue or nerve damage differ from external physical pain?
What tools are used to classify pain?
In what categorical ways can pain be classified? What Defines Each Category?
Breakthrough pain - transitory pain that comes on suddenly and is not alleviated by the patient's regular pain management.
Phantom pain - pain felt in a part of the body that has been amputated, or from which the brain no longer receives signals. It is a type of neuropathic pain
Neuropathic pain - damage or disease affecting any part of the nervous system involved in bodily feelings (the somatosensory system)
Nociceptive pain - caused by stimulation of sensory nerve fibers that respond to stimuli approaching or exceeding harmful intensity (nociceptors), and may be classified according to the mode of noxious stimulation.
Allodynia pain - pain experienced in response to a normally painless stimulus :
Psychogenic pain - pain caused, increased, or prolonged by mental, emotional, or behavioral factors.
Pathological pain - a disease state caused by damage to the nervous system or by its abnormal function (e.g. fibromyalgia, peripheral neuropathy, tension type headache, etc.).
Inflammatory pain - associated with tissue damage and the infiltration of immune cells
Can one become immune to the chronic pain they experience?
Does one's neurological makeup change how painful events are perceived?
Is one's pain more psychogenic than physical? Does the brain augment the intensity of the pain we perceive?
Do we perceive pain the same way throughout our entire body? If so, how do the mechanisms and paths used change?
How does the perception of pain (noiception) differ from the perception of other stimuli (such as light, pressure or temperature)? Are the same neural pathways used?
What roles does the first and second pain play? Are they codependent?
How is our perceived pain communicated to the central nervous system (CNS)? What path does it take?
Pain center reception -- The brain receives the information for further processing and action
Transmission -- A nerve sends the signal to the central nervous system. The relay of information usually involves several neurons within the central nervous system
Reception -- A nerve ending senses the stimulus
Contact with stimulus -- Stimuli can be mechanical (pressure, punctures and cuts) or chemical (burns)
Does physically seeing the event happen alter one's perceived severity of their pain?
Is pain a mental weakness?
Have acupuncture or other non-pharmacological methods proven to successfully decrease pain?
What are the pros and cons to using Alternative non-pharmacological methods such as drugs for pain reduction?
In what ways does pain management differ cross-culturally?
What are the most common forms of pain management?
Locus of Control