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Main Post Discussion Week 3 Pathophysiology of Acute Pain Pain is felts by an individual when there is an underline issue or health condition within the individual’s body. Acute pain is also known as nociceptive pain which is experienced promptly indicating that something unfavorable is going on in the body that needs urgent attention (Huether & McCance, 2017). When a person suddenly experiences acute pain, it indicates that there is an ongoing activation of the peripheral pain receptors that is transmitted by A delta and C fibers. (Huether & McCance, 2017). With acute pain, an individual experiences it off and on, meaning that it occurs and stops lasting from several minutes to several days depending on the underline issue and in some cases it could last up to 3 months and results in physical symptoms of elevated heart rate, anxiety or high blood pressure (Huether & McCance, 2017). Acute pain can be classified into 3 types, which are somatic, visceral, and referred pain (Huether & McCance, 2017). Somatic originates from the skin, joints, or muscle; it is localized and could be felt as sharp, or dull; Visceral pain originates in the organs and lining of the body cavities which can be felt as cramping, aching, throbbing or gnawing(Huether & McCance, 2017). Pathophysiology of Chronic Pain Chronic pain as the name applies is pain that is persistent and ongoing lasting anywhere from 4 months to years depending on the underline issue. (Huether & McCance, 2017). Chronic pain can be said to be continuous or intermittent. The pathophysiology of chronic pain can be
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