What is Pain?

Pain is an intensely unpleasant sensory response to a physical action or event that tells you something may be wrong in an area of your body. It is the nervous system's  mechanism to alert your brain that action must be taken as quickly as possible to protect the body from continuing symptoms, to avoid undue harm and to alleviate the feeling.

Your spinal cord and nerves provide the pathway for messages to travel to and from your brain and the other parts of your body. Receptor nerve cells in and beneath your skin sense heat, cold, light, touch, pressure, and pain. You have thousands of these receptor cells. Most sense pain and the fewest sense cold. When there is an injury to your body (surgery for example) these tiny cells send messages along nerves into your spinal cord and then up to your brain. Pain medicine blocks these messages or reduces their effect on your brain.

There are 2 types of pain: acute and chronic. Acute pain is a symptom of a medical problem, illness or injury, and is only temporary, it doesn't last long and usually goes away as your body heals. Chronic pain is more than a symptom, it is an actual illness or medical problem that persists beyond the healing phase, usually three to six months. This type of pain does not respond to traditional medical treatment, such as rest, medicine, injections, physical therapy or surgery. With time, the pain may spread and increase in intensity.

Pain is one of the most common ailments known to man, and every person responds differently to pain. According to The American Chronic Pain Association, approximately 35% of adults have some element of chronic pain, and more than half of these are disabled partially or totally due to chronic pain.

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