Treating Pain

As you explore the Learning Resources this week, you begin to identify topics you hope to explore further. The Learning Resources for this week address pain and pain treatment. How might your awareness that a patient struggles with chronic pain affect your strategies for treatment? What questions would you ask your patient? As you explore this week’s resources, note what sparks your interest or raises strong opinions, and why.

For this Discussion, select two topics about pain and pain treatment from this week’s Learning Resources about which you have strong opinions or interest in learning more.

Post by Day 4 an explanation of at least two topics from the pain and pain treatment resources about which you have strong opinions or interest in learning more.


equired Readings

Hughes, D. (2007). Innovative pharmacological fMRI methods can help diagnose and treat chronic pain. Neurology Reviews, 15(1), 19.

Julien, R.M., Advokat, C.D., & Comaty, J.E. (2010). Part 3: Drugs Used to Treat Pain: Analgesic Medications; Chapter 9, Nonnarcotic Anti-Inflammatory Analgesics (NSAIDs). In A primer of drug action (12th ed.) (pp. 299-314). New York, NY: Worth

A Primer of Drug Action: A Comprehensive Guide to the Actions, Uses, and Side Effects of Psychoactive Drug, 12th Edition by Julien, R.; Advokat, C.; Comaty, J. Copyright 2010 by W.H. Freeman and Company. Reprinted by permission of W.H. Freeman and Company via the Copyright Clearance Center.

Advokat, C. D., & Comaty, J. E., & Julien, R. M.  (2019). Julien’s primer of drug actionA comprehensive guide to the actions, uses, and side effects of psychoactive drugs (14th ed.). New York, NY: Worth Publishers/Macmillan.

  • Chapter 10, “Opioid Analgesics” (pp. 333-374)

Lipton, R. B. (2011). Chronic migraine, classification, differential diagnosis, and epidemiology. Headache: The Journal of Head & Face Pain, 51(Suppl. 2), 77–83.

Lucas, P. (2012). Cannabis as an adjunct to or substitute for opiates in the treatment of chronic pain. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 44(2), 125–133.

Mystakidou, K., Clark, A. J., Fischer, J., Lam, A., Pappert, K., & Richarz, U. (2011). Treatment of chronic pain by long-acting opioids and the effects on sleep. Pain Practice, 11(3), 282–289.

Pohl, M., & Smith, L. (2012). Chronic pain and addiction: Challenging co-occurring disorders. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 44(2), 119–124.

Preston, J. D., O’Neal, J. H., & Talaga, M. C. (2017). Handbook of clinical psychopharmacology for therapists (8th ed.). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

  • Chapter 15, “Other Miscellaneous Disorders” (“Chronic Pain,” p. 171)

Trafton, J., Martins, S., Michel, M., Lewis, E., Wang, D., Combs, A., . . . Goldstein, M. K. (2010). Evaluation of the acceptability and usability of a decision support system to encourage safe and effective use of opioid therapy for chronic, noncancer pain by primary care providers. Pain Medicine, 11(4), 575–585.

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