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Define pain

An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience which is associated with actual tissue damage or described in terms of such damage

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What are the three forms of pain?

  1. Nociceptive
  2. Inflammatory
  3. Pathological

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Which type of pain is not adaptive?

Pathological pain

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What is pathological pain?

Pain that outlives its biological or adaptive purpose

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What is adaptive pain?

Pain which serves as an early warning system to detect and minimise contact with damaging stimuli

(nociceptive and inflammatory pain)

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What threshold level does nociceptive pain have?

High

It is activated by intense stimuli

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Which type of pain is associated with pain hypersensitivity?

Inflammatory pain

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What is pain hypersensitivity?

An increased behavioural response to a constant painful stimulus in order to allow for healing

This is adaptive

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What is allodynia?

Increased sensitivity to painful region and when non-painful stimuli cause pain.

This is to ensure constact with the painful area is minimised to allow for healing

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Which two types of pathological pain exist?

  1. Neuropathic pain
  2. Dysfunctional pain

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What is neuropathic pain?

Pain caused due to nerve cell damage

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What is dysfunctional pain?

A potentially irregular processing of inoculous information in the CNS

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What is the name of the condition that results in complete absense of pain?

Congenital insensitivity to pain (CIP)

Caused by a loss of function mutation affecting voltage activated sodium channels which are highly expressed in nociceptive receptors

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What are the two types of nociceptor?

  1. Aδ fibres
  2. C fibres

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What are the 3 main differences regarding Aδ and C nociceptive fibres?

  1. Aδ fibres are thinly myelinated, C fibres are not
  2.  Aδ fibres only respond to thermal or mechanical stimuli whilst C fibres respond to all noxious stimuli (polymodal)
  3.  Aδ fibres confer "fast" pain, whilst C fibres confer "slow" pain

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What is the pathway from the sensory receptor to the CNS for pain?

  1. Nociceptor
  2. Second order neurone
  3. Spinothalmic or spinoreticulothalmic tracts

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Which type of nociceptive fibre has:

a) A really high heat threshold (53 degrees)

b) A more moderate heat threshold (43 degrees)

a)  Aδ type I

b)  Aδ type II

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What is the neurotransmitter associated with nociceptive receptors?

Glutamate

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How is nociceptive information sent to the CNS within the dorsal horn?

  • Glutamate
  • Peptides (substance P and neurokinin A)

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What is the efferent function of C fibres?

Pro-inflammatory mediator release from peripheral terminals (calcitonin and substance P)

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Calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP) and substance P can contribute to what?

Neurogenic inflammation

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How do calcitonin gene related peptide and substance P cause increased sensitivity of nerve endings?

  • Vasodilatation
  • Extravation of plasma proteins
  • Histamine release from mast cells
  • Bradykinin and prostaglandin production promoted
  • This increases the sensitivity of surrounding nerve endings of nociceptors

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Which receptors are found on the (post ganglionic) second order neurone?

  1. AMPA (main one)
  2. NMDA

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When will NMDA receptors become involved in transmission of Ca2+ ions at the second order neurone?

During intense noxious stimuli

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Why do NMDA receptors not participate as frequently at the second order neurone?

They are usually blocked by Mg2+

Substance P and CGRP prolong the depolarisation of the 2nd order neurone causing an intense depolarisation

This aids in NMDA receptor activation by causing unbinding of Mg2+

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The laminae at the dorsal horn, where Aδ and C fibres synapse, have what collective name?

The Laminae of Rexed

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Which laminae of the dorsal horn will Aδ and C fibres synapse at?

I and II (also V for Aδ)

These are the superficial layers

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Which neurone will receive input from all 3 types of nociceptive nerve fibre?

Wide dynamic range neurone

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Which nerve fibre transmits proprioceptive stimuli?

 Aβ fibres

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How many major nociceptie tracts are there?

2

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