Aches, Pains, and their Neurological Sources

Headaches, phantom pains, and mysterious jabs—your brain often puts your body on high alert. Additionally, many neurologic disorders are accompanied by severe pain, and the treatment of this side effect is an essential component of care. This open access content collection traverses numerous afflictions to help clinicians understand the neurological implications of pain, and to treat it with a full arsenal of chapters and resources.

Pain Management

Neurocritical Care PharmacotherapyA Clinician's Manual$ In this chapter from Neurocritical Care Pharmacotherapy: A Clinician’s Manual, noted neurologists Eelco F.M. Wijdicks and Sarah L. Clark debunk some of the facts surrounding pain management, a field that’s constantly in flux as new processes and medications become available. Complete with helpful charts, this portion of the book clarifies how to rank pain on a scale and observe and differentiate between many different types of pain in a hospital or clinic setting, along with dosages and pharmacologic characteristics.

‘Pain is real to patient and provider when empathy is present’

Dr. Beth B. Hogans, an editor at Pain Medicine journal, explores an important consideration of pain management in this post for the OUP blog: human empathy! How can clinicians tap into this emotional store while still measuring suffering on an objective scale?

‘Headache: Migraine, Pseudotumor Cerebri Syndrome, and Postnatal Headache’

Neurological Diseases and PregnancyA Coordinated Care Model for Best Management$

Pregnancy can complicate an already multi-faceted neurological condition. Women diagnosed with headache disorders can still turn to numerous safe and effective treatment options, and this chapter from Neurological Diseases and Pregnancy: A Coordinated Care Model for Best Management helps inform practitioners about what to look out for, modifying treatment, and more.

‘Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia’

Neuropathic PainA Case-Based Approach to Practical Management$

Herpes Zoster, commonly known as shingles, afflicts many people each year, and neurologists are tasked with managing its symptom, pain chief among them. Learn more about the disease in this chapter from Neuropathic Pain: A Case-Based Approach to Practical Management, from helpful treatments to prevention of its spread.

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Chasing Pain: The Search for a Neurobiological Mechanism of Pain$

The introduction to Chasing Pain: The Search for a Neurobiological Mechanism of Pain takes readers through the conceptual framework of pain, from its origins in human lore and history to the first steps in approaching it as a doctor. Understanding pain as an idea, this chapter argues, is an essential component of effectively treating it.