Are pain and discomfort the same? I am interested to see wht you guys think, I can't find any real definition for discomfort as it pertains to nursing. I know pain is what our sensory neurons tell out brain. Whats the difference? Or is there a difference?
I think maybe discomfort is probably pain1/10. After all has anyone ever really heard someone describe their pain as a #1? If you sit in a chair in one position too long and get pins & needles, it's uncomfortable and mildly painful. Like a #1.
To me, it's the same on a lesser degree. So yes, I will give tylenot 2 tabs for general discomfort.
Just my $0.03.
Last edit by amoLucia on Jan 16, '14
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Pain and discomfort are not always meaningful words, in the nursing sense. You need to get pretty specific in order to treat your patient properly, if it is possible. (Sometimes your CNA will come and say, "Ms. Smith seems uncomfortable," but since Ms. Smith is non-verbal, you have to take your best guess.) I had a patient who had a mass in his abdomen that depressed his respiratory status, and it made him extremely uncomfortable, but it didn't cause any pain.
Last edit by Cobweb on Jan 17, '14