In the previous article, we have looked at words to describe pain. In this article, we will take a look at how pain is written in some clinical cases.
The clinical cases used in this article are taken from the book of 100 cases in acute medicine.
Case 12: Epigastric pain and vomiting
A 55-year-old man has presented to the emergency department with abdominal pain andvomiting. He says the pain came on gradually yesterday. The pain is dull and constant, in the epigastrium and the center of the abdomen and radiating to his back.
epigastric: / ˌɛp ɪˈgæs trɪk /: epigastric
vomiting: / ˌɛp ɪˈgæs trɪk /: vomiting
gradually: /ˈɡrædʒ.u.ə.li/: gradually / slowly
dull: / dʌl /: dull
constant: / ˈkɒn stənt /: constant / constant
radiating: /ˈreɪ.di.eɪt ɪŋ /: orchid / orchid direction
The 55-year-old male patient went to the emergency room for abdominal pain and vomiting. The patient said the pain appeared slowly yesterday, dull and persistent pain in the epigastric region and around the navel, spreading to the back.
Case 14: Chest pain radiating to the back
A 74-year-old woman has presented to the emergency department with central chest pain radiating through to her back. This has lasted for 4 hours. She describes the pain as tearing in nature and scores it as 10/10 in severity.
tearing: / ˈtɪər ɪŋ /: pain like tearing
nature of pain: / ˈneɪ tʃər / / ʌv / / peɪn /: characteristic of pain
The 74-year-old female patient came to the emergency room because the pain in the middle of her chest spread to her back. She described the pain characteristics as tearing and pain severity 10/10 points.
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