Pain associated with COVID-19 has many causes and may persist after the infection has resolved. Find out what you've learned about pain in the pandemic with these 7 questions.
Pain associated with COVID-19 infection—during the acute illness or afterward—is common and merits close attention from health care providers.
In a recent review in Pain Reports, authors summarize incidences of acute pain during COVID-19, the types of pain most commonly experienced, disorders accompanying COVID-19 that increase the risk of persistent pain, and the implications of COVID-19 for patients who have chronic pain.
Find out what you know about the pain in the pandemic with this 7-question quiz based on the review.
Answer: D. All of the above. Acute pain that accompanies COVID–19 infection may be classified as localized pain (eg, sore throat), remote pain (eg, headache), or generalized discomfort (eg, body ache).
Answer: B. Headache and myalgia. The most common acute pain manifestations, headache and myalgia, occur in up to 71% of patients.
3. Pain symptoms that arise as a consequence of neurologic manifestations in patients with COVID-19 involve which component(s) of the nervous system?
Answer: C. Both the central and peripheral nervous systems. In patients hospitalized for COVID-19, CNS disorders were reported in 25% and PNS symptoms in 9%; 5% of PNS symptoms were described as neuropathic pain and 23% had muscle affection.
Answer: B. Chest pain. Chest pain was the only reported pain symptom from a list of post-discharge persistent symptoms in a French cohort of patients with COVID-19 after a mean of 110.9 days.
Answer: A. True. One study found that chronic pain intensity remained stable or improved within the first 2 weeks after the initial lockdown, but in another study, 73.2% of patients reported a worsening of their pain disorder in the later pandemic phase.