No stethoscope for pain: Scientists seek real way to measure. Connect with the definitive source for global and local news. The National Institutes of Health is pushing for development of what its director, Dr. An opioid like oxycodone brings some relief by dulling the perception of pain but not its transmission — while a different kind of drug might block the pain by targeting the culprit nerve fiber, she said. Over and over, year-old Sarah Taylor struggled to make doctors understand her sometimes debilitating levels of pain, first from joint-damaging childhood arthritis and then from fibromyalgia. Last month the Food and Drug Administration announced it would help AlgometRx, a biotech company Finkel founded, speed development of the device as a rapid drug screen. NIH estimates 25 million people in the U. Nor do self-ratings determine what kind of pain someone has — one reason for trial-and-error treatment. Certain medications also can be detected by other changes in a resting pupil, she said.
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