Can AI Chatbots be a Tool in Pain Management

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The news cycle has recently been dominated by the advances, innovation and also the dangers of AI technology.

It raised the question “Can AI Chatbots be a tool in Pain Management?”.

A few years ago it would be thought futuristic to be talking about this possibility.  However with the huge digital advances made during the pandemic, medical practitioners, researchers and data evaluation processes are using AI in many different ways.

With the advent of the internet, social media and the pandemic which forced people to be isolated and readily engaged with concepts like Dr Google, is there a danger that people living with chronic pain may exclusively turn to the internet to find answers?

Many in our community are likely to be more educated about all aspects of trigeminal neuralgia than their GP’s and Dentists.  They are constantly looking for new treatments or innovation in the pain management space, and that searching is generally done online.  Gone are the days of heading to the library to find answers.  People now have more information and even disinformation available at a click of a button, than could ever have been imagined a few years ago.

So that poses the question “how do we protect ourselves from disinformation”.

As an experiment we asked the free CHATGPT to write an article “Pain Management for Trigeminal Neuralgia”.  The following article was produced by the ChatBot.

Living with trigeminal neuralgia can be overwhelming, and individuals may require support at any time of the day. Chat AI GPT addresses this need by offering round-the-clock accessibility and support. Users can engage with the chatbot whenever they need assistance, ensuring that they have a reliable resource to turn to for guidance and information.
Collaboration with Healthcare While Chat AI GPT provides valuable insights and recommendations, it is important to note that it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. The chatbot encourages users to consult with healthcare professionals, such as neurologists or pain management specialists, for a comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plan. Chat AI GPT can serve as a complementary tool, facilitating informed discussions between individuals and their healthcare providers.
Conclusion:Trigeminal neuralgia poses significant challenges for individuals seeking effective pain management strategies. The emergence of AI-powered chatbots, such as Chat AI GPT, offers a promising avenue for support and assistance. With its advanced technology, extensive knowledge base, and personalized approach, the chatbot aims to empower individuals with trigeminal neuralgia to explore various pain management options and improve their overall well-being. However, it is crucial to remember that the chatbot should be used in conjunction with professional medical advice to ensure comprehensive care.

The article infers that AI ChatBots can work individually with people to help them create an individual approach for their medical needs.  Imagine how many of our regional community could have instance access to individualised care.

The below research document addresses these options by reviewing current research

Using artificial intelligence to improve pain assessment and pain management: a scoping review

The technology is very new and is being applied to many sectors of society.  We believe it will have an important role in pain management, but caution our community to educate themselves about the validity of information found on the internet.

Tags: Artificial intelligence, Individual healthcare, Trigeminal neuralgia advocacy, Trigeminal neuralgia Pain management

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