What would physical examination findings indicate an increase in current pain level?
A patient is admitted to the hospital for abdominal surgery. On return to the nursing unit, the patient is complaining of severe abdominal pain and requesting pain medication for relief.
1. What type of questions should the nurse ask to evaluate and assess the patient’s current pain response?
2. What would physical examination findings indicate an increase in current pain level?
3. How would you differentiate between the characteristics of acute versus chronic pain?
4. Considering that this patient just had abdominal surgery, how can you explain his pain response taking into consideration the function of the nociceptive receptors?