pain contingent

What is breakthrough pain, and what about using medication for it?
Everyone knows that chronic pain continues, and anyone who has chronic pain will tell you that it fluctuates.  Some days are ‘good’ (well…better), some days are …well… not so good.

Some people think of this pain as a new injury‘. Of course, the change in pain is rarely associated with tissue damage, calling it an ‘injury‘ is probably not especially accurate.

Some people call the change in pain acute on chronic pain.  I’m not sure what the ‘acute‘ refers to – acute pain is usually defined as short-term, and is often associated with tissue changes.

And some people call it breakthrough pain, probably drawn from the term used in cancer pain. (more…)