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Pain should not be a normal part of ageing


Peterson, G and Veal, F, Pain should not be a normal part of ageing, Australian Pharmacist, 33, (3) pp. 34-7. ISSN 0728-4632 (2014) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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Mr RH is a 66-year-old man on the surgical waiting list for a total knee replacement. He suffered a tennis injury at the age of 19, resulting in a prolonged dislocation.

Mr RH had continued to have frequent dislocations of the patella, which he re-aligned. An arthroscopy five years ago provided some pain relief. At present, he reports an average pain of 8/1 O and has significant functional impairment. Pain has a severe effect on his sleep, activities of daily living and hobbies. Mr H can only walk 100 metres and is unable to sit in a car for 30 minutes or more. He takes fosinopril for hypertension, and his analgesic management for his knee consists of 4 x paracetamol 500 mg/codeine phosphate 30 mg daily. A pharmacist reviewed his pain management and suggested that the paracetamol/ codeine be ceased and replaced with regular paracetamol and a trial of 5 mg of sustained-release morphine twice daily.

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Item Type:Professional, Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
Research Field:Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Health related to ageing
UTAS Author:Peterson, G (Professor Gregory Peterson)
UTAS Author:Veal, F (Ms Felicity Veal)
ID Code:96842
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2014-11-24
Last Modified:2015-06-10

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