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Pain Medicine Board Review Sample Question 1

A 25-year-old male shows up in the ED with complaints of nausea, vomiting, agitation, diarrhea, and muscle aches. He reports that 6 months ago his physician started him on oxycodone but he ran out of medication 2 days ago. Is this life-threatening, and what should you use to treat it?

  • AThis is life threatening and he should be admitted to the intensive care unit for close monitoring.
  • BThis is life threatening and he should be started on a morphine drip immediately.
  • CThis is not life threatening and he should be started on a morphine drip immediately.
  • DThis is not life threatening and treatment is supportive care including clonidine.
  • EThis is not life threatening and he should be discharged for outpatient behavioral health evaluation.
Pain Medicine Board Review Sample Question 2

A patient presents with acute onset pain and weakness. You order an EMG to confirm. What do you expect the results to show? You order an MRI, one of the images is provided below. You identify pathology on this sagittal and axial MRI, which you feel is concordant with the patient’s location of pain and weakness.

  • AChronic L4 radiculopathy
  • BDiffuse peripheral neuropathy
  • CAcute left L5 radiculopathy
  • DAcute right S1 radiculopathy
  • ERight lumbosacral plexopathy

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