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Learning modules in this plan will help you to deal with patient consultations involving pain. Understand how to deal with neuropathic pain and vulval pain, while reflecting on management of headache and migraine and assessing pain in palliative care. Refresh your recall of red flags in chest pain and acute pelvic pain.
This module, updated in 2018 by Dr Bernhard Frank, provides an overview of the clinical features, investigations and treatment of neuropathic pain. Work through this interactive module to learn more about the pathophysiology of neuropathic pain, prognosis and NICE recommendations for pharmacological management.
This article, updated in 2016 by Dr David Kernick, considers how to differentiate between different types of headache and migraine, and the various management options. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include the required components of a brief examination, understanding when a brain scan is required and available treatments.
Vulval pain is a relatively common condition. Dr Abdelmageed Abdelrahman discusses causes, the distinction between provoked and unprovoked vulval pain, and the evidence base for available treatments.
This red flags article provides an overview of the causes of pelvic pain in both men and women. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include taking a good history and examination, and indications for referral.