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Association between medically assisted detoxification and neuropathic pain

Association between medically assisted detoxification and neuropathic pain

Wilson, I and Thompson, T. ORCID: 0000-0001-9880-782X (2021) Association between medically assisted detoxification and neuropathic pain. Nursing Standard. ISSN 0029-6570 (doi:https://doi.org/10.7748/ns.2021.e11604)

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Abstract

High-risk alcohol use is correlated with chronic pain. Chronic pain and alcohol dependence are associated with similar neurological, endocrinological and behavioural patterns, and it has been hypothesised that symptoms of neuropathic pain are exacerbated following alcohol withdrawal. To investigate the presence of neuropathic pain upon withdrawal from alcohol, in people with high-risk alcohol use with or without a history of medically assisted detoxification. A small observational cross-sectional study investigated the presence of neuropathic pain in two groups of hospitalised adults exhibiting high-risk alcohol use: one group with a history of medically assisted detoxification, the other group with no history of medically assisted detoxification. The results provided some evidence that neuropathic pain is more likely to be experienced by people with high-risk alcohol use who have previously undergone medically assisted detoxification. Understanding that previous medically assisted detoxification may increase the risk of neuropathic pain means that nurses can improve their preparation when assessing, monitoring and managing neuropathic pain in people recovering from high-risk alcohol use. Nurses will be able to direct patients recovering from high-risk alcohol use to available pain management support in a timely manner, for example a local pain clinic, possibly even before detoxification. This is important given the links between pain, relapse into alcohol use and addiction to analgesics.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Unmapped bibliographic data: JA - Nurs Stand [Field not mapped to EPrints] Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34278748. MP
Uncontrolled Keywords: addiction, chronic pain, clinical, mental health, neuropathic pain, pain, pain management, substance misuse
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Chronic Illness and Ageing
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2021 11:29
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/33402

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