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Acute pain in the neurological patient 

Acute pain in the neurological patient
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Acute pain in the neurological patient
Author(s):

Sam Chong

and J. Ganesalingham

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199234721.003.0016
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date: 14 November 2019

Acute pain is a common presenting symptom in patients with neurological conditions.

Acute onset headache may indicate a life-threatening underlying condition.

Lumbosacral and cervical spine pain are commonly caused by degenerative disease but there are sometimes clues to indicate alternative pathologies.

Acute pain arising from the peripheral nervous system and muscles are usually inflammatory in origin.

A careful history and examination is crucial to assess patients with neurological pain.

Opioids may be used in combination of an anti-epileptic or antidepressant drug in the treatment of acute neuropathic pain.

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