As an RN, I am familiar with the objective/ observable manifestations of pain.
Is that what the computer is programmed to do, interpret physical manifestations of persons in pain?
If so, I find this disturbing, as health care professionals should be able to assess and document these things without the need for a computer program.
This computer program would cause even more distance between persons experiencing pain and possibly cause more pain.
If my pain is at a pain number 7, and the computer says it is a 4-5, which level would the MD treat?
Personally speaking, of course, I'd rather that health care professionals pay more attention to his/ her patients subjective experience than a computer program spitting out a number.
Also, people like us, who live with daily chronic pain, often don't exhibit the same measurable signs of pain, as we have learned to incorporate pain sensations into our activities of daily living.
I don't think that I grimace with pain any more, and my vital signs don't change too much, other than elevated pulse.
My normal heart rate is on the slow side, so an elevation of pulse to, perhaps 80 beats per minute is still considered within the normal range.
For me, however, that is highly elevated and related to pain.
A computer could miss this, as it is within normal limits, but a skilled practitioner who has worked with me, or read my history, would know that is quote elevated and related to pain.
Of course, a computer program could possibly recognize more subtle signs that a human may miss.
I suppose the objective information, such as computer program assessment of pain, would only be as value able as the professional who integrates this information with the patient's subjective experience.
And I would be concerned about an inanimate scale of a subjective event.
If the program is able to identify some factor, humans must have programmed that factor into the computer program.
I think I should read the article before I make any more comments, but until then, I'm wondering what is the substance, behavior, chemistry op that the computer program is actually measuring,View Thread
Eighty mg of Percent 5/325 daily would be a ton of Acetaminophen, like
5,200 mg/ 5.2 GM per day.
Are you certain that this isn't a typo or mistake?
If you're actually taking over five grams a day of acetaminophen a day, you really need to talk to your primary care MD, and your pain management MD.
GENESIGHT may be the best way to get you off this insanely high dose and identify the best opiate for you.
May I ask: what is the reason/ diagnosis for all of this pain?
It would seem urgent to reduce your doses of opiate or, at least, change to oxycodone rather than Perc 5/325.
If an pain management MD wants to evaluate a patient without his taking pain meds, it is usually appropriate only for a person who is experiencing acute pain and is taking the opiate only on a PRN basis.
For example, if one was injured and hurt his shoulder, and was prescribed Percocet for when the pain is at it's worst.
If the person isn't tolerant yet, the Percocet may totally mask the pain and alter the sensory of the non-tolerant.
Once the pain is chronic in nature and the person has been on long- term opiate, there is no rational reason for the MD to evaluate pain without med.View Thread
When you opened this discussion last week, it was a very old thread.
Would you be willing to open a new discussion?
Because there are so many pages and most of the discussion was years ago, it makes your post a bit hard to find, and cumbersome to follow, as you're referring to things that were posted months ago, and some of the people aren't even here anymore.
This isn't a rule or anything, a d I'm just another person here, nothing special.
I' think that if you did this, open a new discussion, you may get more responses, and it would be easier to follow.