Pain characteristics and their management in persons with AIDS.

G. T. Newshan, S. F. Wainapel

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Discussion of pain problems in persons with AIDS has been limited in medical and nursing literature, yet pain is a major source of suffering and concern for patients. Common pain characteristics are described in 100 persons with CDC-defined AIDS, using the 1987 definition. The two most frequently cited types of pain for both drugs users and nondrug users with AIDS were abdominal pain and neuropathic pain. Drug users experienced pain due to esophagitis and headaches more frequently than nondrug users, while nondrug users experienced Kaposi's sarcoma-related pain more often. Treatment responses were individualized, with drug users requiring more frequent use of opiates. General treatment strategies are suggested with special emphasis on the unique needs of PWAs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-59
Number of pages7
JournalThe Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care : JANAC
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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