The term PAIN is used to describe a range of problems.
These days someone gets on your nerves may be called a pain or even a a pain in the rear. This "pain" may also apply to an inconvenience in your life.
However, the word pain originally had a more specific use.
PAIN is a feeling or sensation that is felt through illness, hurt or distress. This pain be due to physical or mental disturbances.
What is pain?
The word is derived from words that mean penalty or punishment. In the past punishment administered to wrongdoers would have included the inflicting of pain. One thing is for sure, pain is not pleasant. Pain hurts. One definition is that pain is:
"An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage"
The PAIN is felt is very personal and, as no-one can truly feel another person's pain. This means that it is hard to know how much a person is suffering. It is widely accepted that everyone has a different pain threshold. This can mean that what is a slight pain to one person, could be agony to another.
Pain may be slight, severe, acute or chronic, in that it is always present.
Our bodies react to various disorders, illnesses, substances, emotional problems, physical activity, conditions and disease by emitting pain.
Physical pain is in many ways a warning. It lets a person know that something is wrong with their body. This physical pain warns the recipient to seek medical advice, treat the root cause or maybe just cease their current activity.
Here are a few examples:
- You run until you are fit to drop. Your body will start to ache through the over exertion but also to tell you to stop.
- If you pull a muscle in your back, the pain may be so bad that you can hardly move. This pain will force you to rest.
- You drink too much alcohol and have a dreadful hangover, with a pounding headache. Surely this is telling you to drink more sensibly?
Some illnesses and disorders inflict a great deal of pain on the person. Cancer, especially in the latter stages usually requires treatment with a strong opiate to control the pain.
Mental pain or anguish.
Bereavements, loneliness and sadness all cause pain. The dull ache, which a person feels inside is often commonly called heartbreak . Spurned by your first love, the sadness that you feel may be so intense that it seems as if your heart has actually broken in two. Time is a great healer for such pain.
However, such mental pain and anguish can trigger physical illness, if it is not worked through.
In plain language this pain is felt in the body, but manifested in the brain. That does not mean though that the sufferer does not feel any real pain. Psychosomatic pain can be difficult to treat.
Most hospitals these days have pain management services. It is accepted that there is some pain that patients will have to learn to live with. However, pain management services can offer advice on how best to achieve this, and medication plus treatments to control the pain.
Pain is part of life. It can usually be treat, avoided or minimised but everyone hurts sometime. Look after yourself and take heed of the warning that a pain may bring. It may be that you need to rest, seek medical advice, change your life style or simply take your prescribed medication.