image_painThe International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines pain as 'an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage'. From this broad definition, one can see that pain is subjective and complex. This is because every human being has their own unique experience of pain; whether it is short lived, intermittent, or constant. Finding only one definition of pain therefore, creates its own complexities. Perhaps it is best left to a simpler way of describing it "Whatever the patient says hurts", is something we all can relate to.

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