International Association for the Study of Pain’ in 1979 established that pain is a disease in itself rather than just a symptom and gave its definition as ‘an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage’. The new subspecialty ‘Interventional Pain Management’ has adopted an aggressive approach to prevent overuse of drugs and avoid unwanted surgeries.
A significant number of these patients give up medical care and consult quacks that not only deplete their economic resources but also harm them. Indeed many patients with advanced cancer live the last months of their lives in unrelieved severe pain. So treating pain in each and every patient through the application of latest and advanced knowledge must be undertaken to mitigate the suffering or at the least to improve the quality of life and provide a dignified existence to the unfortunate humanity.