What is Pain? Everything To Know;- Pain is the most common symptom of many diseases. It is an unpleasant sensation or emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage. Any pain of moderate or higher intensity is accompanied by anxiety and the urge to escape or terminate the feeling.
What is Pain? Everything To Know
Self-report is the key to pain assessment. In non- or pre verbal children, facial expression is the most valid indicator of pain; therefore use faces pain scale to assess severity. Pain should be assessed by:
- Severity,g. does the patient wake up because of the pain
- Character,g. stabbing, throbbing, crushing, cramp like
- Persistentor intermittent
- Relievingor aggravating factors
- Distributionof pain
- Inchildren pain can be assessed by child’s crying voice, posture, movement and colour
Pain: Types, Causes, and When to Seek Help
Pain is a complex sensation that can be difficult to understand. There are many different types of pain and each one has its own cause and treatment options. In this article, we’ll explore the different types of pain so you know what you’re experiencing and can get the right help for it.
Nociceptive pain is the most common type of pain, accounting for nearly 90 percent of all reported cases. It occurs when you experience an injury to your body or skin, such as a cut or burn. The most common causes include:
- Muscle strain or sprain
- Sprain of ligaments (the connective tissue that supports your joints)
- Muscle tear or rupture
Inflammation is a normal response to injury or infection. When inflammation occurs, your body produces chemicals that cause pain, swelling and redness. The reason it hurts so much when you get injured is because the area of your body where you’re injured becomes inflamed—it’s like an infection setting in quickly and getting worse before it’s done with its job of healing!
Inflammation can be caused by:
- Infection (bacterial or viral)
- Autoimmune disorders
Neuropathic pain is caused by a lesion or disease of the nervous system. It is usually described as burning, shooting, or stabbing. Neuropathic pain is usually chronic, meaning that it lasts for months or years without relief; this distinguishes it from acute (short-term) pain that resolves after an injury heals. Neuropathic pain is not caused by inflammation and may occur in areas where there are no nerve endings at all (such as in some types of cancer).
Visceral pain is often described as a deep ache or burning sensation. You might feel it in your abdomen or chest, and what you’re feeling isn’t always easy to describe.
Visceral pain is not usually described as sharp or stabbing.
It’s caused by inflammation, injury or disease in the organs of the body.
Psychogenic pain is a type of pain that is caused or worsened by mental or emotional factors. It may be caused by a variety of issues, including:
- Emotional distress.
- Stress, anxiety, and depression.
- Traumatic experiences.
As a result of these conditions, your brain may misinterpret physical sensations as harmful to your body and cause you to experience pain where there is no injury present (or at least none that can be seen). Psychogenic pain can also make existing injuries worse as you become more sensitive to them; this condition is known as hyperalgesia (a heightened sensitivity to painful stimuli).
If you notice that your chronic backache starts getting worse after an upsetting event like losing someone close to you or having an argument with someone important in your life, then this could be psychogenic backache—and it might spell trouble for other parts of the body if left untreated!
Idiopathic pain is also called nonspecific or neuropathic pain. It’s the kind that isn’t caused by a particular injury or incident, but rather by a number of factors that you can’t identify.
Idiopathic pain can be caused by:
- A disease like diabetes or cancer. These are conditions in which your body isn’t working as it should, causing physical and mental distress. For example, if you have diabetes and don’t take care of yourself properly, your blood sugar levels can drop to dangerous levels—and when this happens and your brain doesn’t get enough energy to run properly, it can result in depression and anxiety symptoms.
- When these psychological issues cause stress on the nervous system (which includes the spinal cord), they may cause you to feel chronic pain throughout your body even though there’s nothing wrong with any specific area of it.
- An injury such as whiplash from a car accident.
- A medical condition like fibromyalgia (chronic widespread muscle pain) or rheumatoid arthritis (a disorder that causes inflammation in joints). You might also experience idiopathic pain as part of an autoimmune disease such as psoriasis or lupus erythematosus.
- A psychological issue like depression or anxiety
Phantom limb and postamputation pain
In some cases, pain can continue even after a limb has been amputated. This is called phantom limb pain (PLP). PLP usually occurs in those who have lost a limb, but it can also happen to people who have had a hand or an arm removed because of cancer or diabetes.
It can be caused when the body retains nerve fibers that were responsible for sending messages from the missing body part back to the brain. The brain continues to receive these signals as if they were coming from the missing body part, leading to pain that feels like it’s coming from where you used to have that body part.
Pain associated with PLP may be treated by blocking the sensory nerves in your spinal cord with medication. You may also need surgery if you develop inflammation or muscle spasms around where your limb was removed due to trauma or disease; this type of surgery is called surgical neurolysis and involves destroying scarred tissue so new nerve pathways can form or connecting an existing nerve pathway with healthy tissue nearby in order for you not feel any more pain around that area once again!
Secondary hyperalgesia is a condition where a person becomes more sensitive to pain. It can occur following an injury or after nerve damage, inflammation, or certain medications. The condition can be treated with antidepressants and anticonvulsants.
Pain can be very complicated, so it’s important to understand its nature so you can get the right treatment.
Pain is a symptom of an underlying condition. It might be a disease, or it could be something else entirely. The first step in managing your pain is understanding its nature so you can get the right treatment.
There are two main types of chronic pain: nociceptive and neuropathic (or nerve-based). Nociceptive pain occurs when there’s damage to tissues, such as from a torn muscle or joint injury; it’s sometimes called “somatic” or “localized” pain because it involves only one body part.
Neuropathic or nerve-based pain comes from abnormalities in the nervous system itself—nerve fibers sending incorrect signals to the brain about what’s going on with them.
Pain is a complex phenomenon, but with the right understanding, you can get the treatment you need.