Chapter: Pain therapy and anesthesia
Article: 1 of 8
Update: Feb 24, 2021
Author(s): Kramer, Jens
Pain is often an early warning signal and leads people to see a doctor in the first place. The perception of pain and how people deal with it is very individual. There are many reasons for this: the nature of the underlying disease and the accompanying medication play a role, but age, gender and sociocultural conditions also influence how people handle pain.
In principle, acute or newly occurring pain should therefore never be dismissed as a necessary concomitant. Furthermore, the cause of the respective pain must be clarified individually and an underlying disease that is threatening to the patient must be ruled out.
The following principles therefore should generally apply: