Pain Quiz: Test Your IQ of Pain

Reviewed by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOE on November 8, 2016
Chronic Pain
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Medically speaking, the term "myalgia" refers to what type of pain?

The definition of myalgia is muscle pain.

Muscle pain Long-term pain Dull pain All of the above

Pain in an area where a limb has been amputated is referred to as...

Phantom pain refers to pain that seems to come from a limb that has been amputated. The amputation site contains nerve endings that continue to send pain signals to the brain, even though the limb is no longer there. This type of pain is most common soon after surgery, and tends to lessen within 6 months, though some people still experience phantom pain for years.

Imaginary pain Sheer pain Invisible pain Phantom pain

Pain relievers work by calming irritated nerves.

Pain relievers don't actually work where your pain is; they work on your brain and interfere with it sending pain signals throughout the body.

True False

What causes us to feel pain?

The body has sensory nerves that communicate with your brain telling it what hurts, and how much.

Nerve endings The brain Both of the above Neither of the above

The terms "arthralgia" and "neuralgia" refer to pain located where?

"Algia" comes from the Greek "algos," which means pain. "Arthr(o)" refers to joints, and "neur(o)" refers to nerves. Thus, arthralgia is joint pain, and neuralgia is nerve pain.

Joints and teeth Arteries and nerves Joints and nerves Joints, nerves, arteries, and teeth

Does the brain feel pain?

The brain is the organ that helps us detect pain in parts of our body, but the brain itself has no pain receptors and cannot feel pain.

Yes No

Knees are the most common site of joint pain.

Knees are the most common site of joint pain.

True False

Chronic pain is the kind of pain that is resistant to medical treatments.

Pain that is resistant to medical treatment is chronic pain, also referred to as chronic pain syndrome. Chronic pain is generally defined as pain that lasts at least 12 weeks. While chronic pain cannot be cured, it can sometimes be managed. If medications do not help manage the pain, acupuncture, electrical stimulation, nerve blocks, and surgery may be used. Psychotherapy, relaxation techniques, behavior modification, biofeedback, medication, tai chi, and massage therapies may also provide some relief.

True False

The medical community measures pain on a scale of zero to 10.

Doctors measure pain on a scale of zero to 10. This can help your health care provider get a true sense of the pain you are in, and how best to treat it. Zero means no pain, while 10 is excruciating pain, the worst you have ever experienced, that could cause you to pass out. Levels 1 through 3 are mild pain that does not interfere with most activities. Pain on a scale of 4 to 6 ranges from distressing to intense and may interfere with some activities. Pain in the range of 7 to 10 is severe and so intense you cannot function.

True False

The pain reliever morphine is derived from which substance?

Morphine is a narcotic pain reliever derived from opium. It is an opium alkaloid that comes from the poppy plant. It is one of the most effective drugs used for relief of severe pain. The name "morphine" comes from "Morpheus," the mythological son of sleep and the god of dreams.

Lead Opium Sugar Lithium

Narcotic medications are used to induce stupor.

The term "narcotic" is derived from the Greek word narkotikon, which means "to make numb." Narcotics are used in medicine to relieve pain by numbing the senses. Preoperatively, they may be given to reduce anxiety. They also act as cough suppressants and anti-diarrheal medications. Narcotics are also highly addictive, and people can become dependent on them.

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