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Pain

Pain

“Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.”

So states the International Association for the Study of Pain’s widely-used definition.

Indeed, life without pain is not possible. Often occurring as a response to damaging agents or actions, such as stubbing a toe, burning a finger, smoke inhalation, falling down, or other trauma, pain can also result from stress or emotional stimuli.

Pain motivates us to withdraw from damaging situations and experiences in order to protect a damaged body part while it heals, or to avoid similar experiences in the future.  This withdrawal can affect our ability to participate fully in our professional and personal lives.

Acute pain can be helpful in diagnosing a problem. Without it, one might seriously hurt oneself without knowing it, or leave an urgent medical condition untreated. Likewise, we know once the problem has healed because the pain usually goes away. However, sometimes it goes on for weeks, months or even years. This is called chronic pain and sometimes it can be traced  to an ongoing illness such as cancer or arthritis, while other times the cause is unknown.

Acute or chronic pain can become such a challenge that we experience suffering and the need to relieve the suffering through medical treatment and prescriptions, or self-medication including the use of drugs and alcohol. Therefore, addressing physical and emotional pain early helps us to avoid tolerance, dependence, and addiction.

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