Consequences of painCConsequences of painConsequences of painEnglishPain/AnaesthesiaChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BodyCentral nervous system;Peripheral nervous system;Autonomic nervous systemSymptomsCaregivers Adult (19+)Pain2009-09-22T04:00:00ZLori Palozzi, RN, MScN, APN11.000000000000048.00000000000001200.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Read about the long-term consequences of pain on a child, the importance of a child's pain management. A discussion of pain myths is included.</p><p>Pain is an unpleasant experience - in some circumstances, overwhelmingly so. But beyond the immediate discomfort, pain, especially if under-treated, can have negative physiological and psychological consequences. Both the body and the brain can be affected permanently by long-term pain. </p> <p>Pain also interferes with healing. For example, it may be too painful for a child to cough or do physiotherapy thus prolonging the time it takes to return to a normal life. </p>

 

 

Consequences of pain2987.00000000000Consequences of painConsequences of painCEnglishPain/AnaesthesiaChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BodyCentral nervous system;Peripheral nervous system;Autonomic nervous systemSymptomsCaregivers Adult (19+)Pain2009-09-22T04:00:00ZLori Palozzi, RN, MScN, APN11.000000000000048.00000000000001200.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Read about the long-term consequences of pain on a child, the importance of a child's pain management. A discussion of pain myths is included.</p><p>Pain is an unpleasant experience - in some circumstances, overwhelmingly so. But beyond the immediate discomfort, pain, especially if under-treated, can have negative physiological and psychological consequences. Both the body and the brain can be affected permanently by long-term pain. </p> <p>Pain also interferes with healing. For example, it may be too painful for a child to cough or do physiotherapy thus prolonging the time it takes to return to a normal life. </p><h2>Physical changes</h2> <p>Chronic pain can lead to physical changes that increase sensitivity to further pain. These physical changes may include: </p> <ul> <li>alterations in neurotransmitters that help modulate pain, mood, and sleep</li> <li>a decline in the body's own pain-relieving ability</li> <li>heightened sensitivity to pain after repeated tissue injury</li></ul> <p>There is evidence that when very young children suffer from prolonged pain, the consequences are even more severe and longer-lasting. For more on the long-term effects of pain, see the "Looking Ahead" section of this site. <b> </b> </p> <h2>Psychological consequences</h2> <p>Pain is not a pleasant experience. Depression, fear of living in pain, and a poorer quality of life often accompany chronic pain in children. Those with chronic pain may suffer disruptions to school, social, and family life, creating anxiety about the future. Pain can interfere with all aspects of a child's life. Combined with the physical changes, the psychological effects of long-term pain may have a negative impact on overall health. </p> <p>The combined physical and psychological consequences of chronic pain adversely affect overall health and predisposes children toward chronic pain as adults.</p>Consequences of pain

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