Understanding pain

By Dr Rahul Seewal (Consultant Anaesthetist)—We, at the Chelsea Pain Centre—the pain management service at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital—would like to welcome you to our first blog entry. Even though pain has been a part of our lives from the beginning of mankind, pain medicine is a relatively new field. Understanding pain is often limited to a few who have a special interest and are experienced in the diagnosis and management of this condition.

Dr Rahul Seewal, Consultant Anaesthetist

25 February 2013

We, at the Chelsea Pain Centre—the pain management service at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital—would like to welcome you to our first blog entry.

Even though pain has been a part of our lives from the beginning of mankind, pain medicine is a relatively new field. Understanding pain is often limited to a few who have a special interest and are experienced in the diagnosis and management of this condition.

We hope to reach out to everybody who wishes to know more about pain—acute pain that follows injury or surgery, and long-term pain that is often associated with arthritis, cancer, and other conditions.

We will endeavour to convey scientific evidence in simple terms that benefits those who need these answers most—our patients and partners in healthcare.

It is often difficult to explain the symptom of pain to others. It is even more difficult, at times, to understand why it is there, and many questions remain—for example:

  • Is there something wrong? If so, what is it?
  • Do people believe me when I say I am in pain?
  • Why are all the tests normal when I am in such agony?
  • Why is there no explanation or diagnosis?

It is our vision to understand questions that people have about chronic pain and we invite you to leave your comments and questions below. We will answer your questions based on science in a way that everybody can understand, irrespective of their background.

We look forward to your comments.

Filed under:
comments powered by Disqus