When assessing the quality of a patients pain the nurse should ask which question a when did the pain start if the patient is modest listen to sounds over his or her clothing or hospital gown a listen to at least one full respiration in each location i have a long family history of arthritis and my joints hurt the nurse . Pain is more than a symptom of osteoarthritis it is an inherent and damaging part of the disease itself according to a study published today in journal arthritis and rheumatismmore specifically the study revealed that pain signals originating in arthritic joints and the biochemical processing of those signals as they reach the spinal cord worsen and expand arthritis. They have been able to get off all their pain and antiinflammatory medicine and they are virtually pain free except for some residual stiffness in the mornings as a confirmation that the treatment is effective their sedimentation rate a marker for the level of inflammation in the body has dropped by over 40 percent. This causes pain swelling and stiffness the most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis with this type of arthritis the joints wear out over time from use or as the person ages injury to a joint may also lead to this type of arthritis osteoarthritis occurs most often in the knees hips and hands the joints begin to ache and thicken. Your doctor should include information on the above factors in his notes so that they appear in your medical record in addition social security will want to know your doctors opinion on the functional limitations you have that are caused by your pain and how long your chronic pain is expected to limit your ability to function
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