pain is felt in one place of the body we should follow the “lines” of the
“nerves” to discover if the source of the pain is somewhere else. When
confronted with an open wound the source is easy to recognize. It is there where we see it is. But if there is an
infection, a nerve blockage or an internal injury it is different.
treatment is not one specialization only
way of thinking. Being specialized implies you know a lot about something but
have not studied what is surrounding it. I admire surgeons who have specialized
themselves in the treatments of specific parts of the body. They, in general,
have a profound knowledge of this specific place and all that is immediately influencing it. But they do
not study the influencers in deep details. That is away from their work and
often it would be a high burden on their work if they had to study other parts
a topic every surgeon has to deal with. The suppression of pain is the field of
the anesthetic specialist. In the past,
they used full body methods to make people fall asleep. Over time it is a
proven risk to sedate a person completely. Many casualties have proven this. The minimizing of pain and
the local anesthetic has proven to be more effective and less dangerous.
In general, the specialist uses chemical drugs to suppress the pain is a specific area by
numbing the nerve system. These chemicals block all pain transmissions to the
brain. Sometimes these chemicals stay in the body for a longer period as they
have not been broken down and removed. Like other with other drugs the
individual can experience a “rebound” effect. Numbness of a limb or other body
part due to the chemicals. With more treatments (operations) the effects become diverse and more frequent. We consider
this a “ghost” effect.
Before treating pain there must be a physical and mental examination. Pain, as mentioned before, can have a mental aspect which makes treatment a little complicated. On the other side sometimes we need to use pain to make a person feel alive. (end of part 4) Arnaud van der Veere