I guess it's safe to say that no one likes pain; unless it’s the
“Oh it hurt sooo gooood!” kind. :-) (one of the most heard sentences during a massage).
We all have reached a point where we had to “just work through it” (it being emotional, physical or a chronic ailment pain...) or “go with the flow”? I know I have...and if you too have, then you know that means you weren’t feeling your best, you know how hard it is to be productive when you are emotionally overwhelmed, stiff and in pain. You are limited!
What's left to do at that point is to identify and release such pain, but how?
Different pain require different treatment, the key is to recognize what type of pain is plaguing us!
So let’s identify these pain types. First we must categorize the pain: Acute and Chronic pain.
Acute pain: Acute pain most likely comes on suddenly and has a limited duration of 72 hours or less. It's frequently caused by damage to tissue such as bone, muscle, or organs, and the onset is often accompanied by anxiety and/or emotional distress.
Chronic pain: Chronic pain is here to "stay", it lasts longer than acute pain and is generally found to be resistant to medical treatment. It's usually associated with residual pain from an old injury/ scar tissue, a long-term illness, such as osteoarthritis in some cases, or with fibromyalgia, it's one of the defining characteristic of the disease.
Chronic pain can be the result of damaged tissue, but very often is attributable to nerve damage due to post injury or chronic ailment.
Both acute and chronic pain can be debilitating, both can affect and be affected by a person's state of mind. But the nature of chronic pain --- that is ongoing and in some cases seems almost constant -- makes the person who has it more vulnerable to psychological consequences such as depression and anxiety.
At the same time, psychological distress can amplify the pain.
- Musculoskeletal pain: is the pain that affects the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones. Incorrect use of your muscles/ body mechanics , too much, too little -- can lead to muscle pain
- Nerve pain: is the pain that occur when nerve fibers get damaged or entrapped, this debilitating, needles prickling, burning, electric shock like pain can also result in chronic pain. Most common treatment in this case is surgery.
- Visceral pain: this is an abdominal pain. Whether you have a mild stomachache, sharp pain, or cramps, abdominal pain can have many causes; often the pain is not worrisome and can be easily treated, but sometime it's the sign of a serious illness and need a doctor's immediate care.
- Psychological/ Psychogenic pain: is the pain caused/ felt in cases of depression, anxiety, and other emotional problems that can cause pain --- or make existing pain worse.
- Infectious Inflammatory pain: this pain is caused by an inflammatory response in the case of open wounds infection, abscesses, bites from pets, insects or reptiles....the infection site and surroundings are red, swollen, warm/hot to the touch, discolored and pussy. Need immediate doctors’/ medical care.
One way to feel and pin point the pain is to Connect to your body and feel with your mind for the signs and find the pain site and type:
- Find a quiet room, play a soothing music
- Lay flat on your back on the floor or on a mat if you can, with your arms resting alongside your body
- Close your eyes, breathe in through your nose, exhale through your mouth, in & out for a good 2 minutes; quiet your mind
- With your mind, slowly feel for your body from head to toes and identify your pain.
So what pain are you suffering from? Were you able to place and identify your pain? Was the above exercise helpful?
Now that you can pin point the pain and describe it, you can proceed with the proper course of action/ treatment or bring it to your physician's or your professional specialist’s attention. Remember that pain killers only mask the symptoms temporary, they do not cure the cause.
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